NORRIS POINT A Norris Point resident was detained yesterday for operating a boat while impaired in Bonne Bay.
The charges came following a boat patrol by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Parks Canada.
The RCMP said the boat operator was charged according to the Liquor Control Act and a 90-day suspension has been issued. Alcohol was seized on board the vessel and the boat was towed to nearby Norris Point for further investigation.
In a news release, police said that boat patrols in the Bonne Bay area will continue throughout the summer. The bay has seen an increased number of boats since the warm weather began and they said operating a boat under the influence of alcohol carries the same penalties as operating a car or any other motorized vehicle.
“The investigative process is exactly the same and it carries the same penalties,” said Const. Steven McCarthy of the Rocky Harbour RCMP.
“With the boating conditions we’ve had people that are using their pleasure crafts more and our concern is that sometimes recreational vehicles go hand in hand with people drinking.”
Police have said in the past that incidents of impaired driving have decreased, and McCarthy said authorities will be watching for anyone drinking while driving a boat throughout the summer.