A month into full boating enforcement on the region’s bigger lakes and RCMP officers are noticing some positive changes.
While charges for a number of boating infractions are still being issued, the numbers have dwindled significantly since the start of patrols at the beginning of July.
“Officers working the water this summer are happy to report that a number of boaters are compliant and following the rules and regulations for safe boating,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
“It’s much better than when they started their patrols and found many boaters not compliant with the rules and regulations.”
Recently, officers charged two people on Mabel Lake for not having a boat licence.
A father was charged on Kalamalka Lake for allowing a person under the age of 16 to operate a personal water craft (sea-doo). In this case, the boy was 12.
Another father was caught by officers and charged for towing without enough seats on the personal water craft for all persons being towed.
A mother was charged on Okanagan Lake for towing a skier without at spotter and another adult was charged with operating a personal water craft without a boater’s license.
“All of these offences carry a fine of $287,” said Molendyk.
The RCMP district boating initiative continued on Shuswap Lake with a number of boaters being checked. Police charged a number of boaters for not having enough life jackets on board, no boater’s licence and towing a person without a spotter.
Boating enforcement continues through the summer, and are also being conducted by conservation officers.