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Hamilton Marine Unit finds most boaters complied with law over long weekend

It has been a busy long weekend for the Hamilton Marine Unit. HPS Marine Unit

It was a busy long weekend for the Hamilton Marine Unit.

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During Operation Dry Water, police stopped over 150 boats and found a good overall level of compliance.

Only two tickets were issued under Liquor Licence Act, and another two charges for violating the Canada Shipping Act, but most importantly, there were no impaired boating incidents.

Police say drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 per cent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways.

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Tickets on the water pertaining to safety equipment start around $240.

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Liquor being unlawfully consumed comes with fines between $125 and $165.

Driving a boat while impaired can lead to thousands in fines on top of criminal charges.

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