OPP surprised, disappointed at lack of safety equipment on boats

Cost of safety equipment cheaper than a ticket

OPP marine officers on southern Georgian Bay say they’re surprised and disappointed. They charged eight boaters, over the course of a week, for not having the required number of life jackets on board.

They say also educated 28 others on a variety of minor boating violations.

The marine unit checked 92 vessels and operators for signs of impairment and ensuring proper safety equipment was on board during 65 hours of patrol from August 10 to 17. Three marine collisions were also investigated, none of which resulted in any injuries.

Having the required safety equipment on board, they say, costs less than the $200 ticket for not having it.

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