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Boating compliance still an issue in North Okanagan

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk
July 29, 2013 - 12:10 PM

NORTH OKANAGAN - It appears rules were being followed a little closer on the road this weekend than on the water.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says a driving check in Enderby left officers with little paperwork. Out of approximately 40 vehicles checked at Kate St. and Polson Ave. in Enderby, no violation tickets were written.

"Two of our officers from our Rural unit are happy to report that it appears residents and people travelling in the Enderby area are getting the message about drinking and driving as well as other driving habits," Molendyk says. 

The lakes were a different story.

"Boating enforcement continues through the summer months, with a number of serious offences being detected," Molendyk says. Police charged two people on Mable Lake for not having a boat license, while on Kal Lake, a father was charged for allowing his 12-year-old son to operate a personal water craft (sea-doo) when the legal age is 16.

Officers located another father and charged him for towing without enough seats on the personal water craft for all people being towed. A mother was charged on Okanagan Lake for towing a skier without a spotter.  Another adult was charged with operating a personal water craft without a boater’s license.  All of these offences carry a fine of $287.

The district boating initiative continued on the Shuswap Lakes with a number of boaters being checked.  The police charged a number of boaters for the following offences: not having enough life jackets on board, no boater’s license, and towing a person without a spotter.

"The 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," Molendyk says. "This is much better than when they started their patrols (in) July and found many boaters not compliant with the rules and regulations."

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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