Bad behaviour on the bay sees the Redland Bay Water Police cracking down on boaters in Raby Bay Canals, Cabbage Tree Point, Horizon Shores and the Gold Coast.
Now they have a new piece of technology to crack down on high boating speeds.
Senior Constable of the Redland Bay Water Police Warren Goodyer says that with Queensland being the biggest buyers of boats each year, the waterways become inundated with locals.
“I couldn’t tell you how many were on the waterways it’s crazy, thousands upon thousands use the waterways,” Constable Goodyer explains.
“In the gazetted speeding zones especially, it has become a problem over the years. With the majority of people now owning boats, the speeding is increasing every year and it’s only going to get worse. So something had to be done about it.”
To combat speed demons on the waterways, Redland Bay Water Police have come up with a new piece of technology in the form of a Pro Laser hand held speed detection device.
The device is like no other as it is dual calibrated to measure knots and kilometres for use on the waterways and on the roads.
According to Constable Goodyer, the technology is the only one of its kind in Australia.
“We get a fair few complaints of people who don’t obey the speed signs and don’t follow the maximum speed of 40 knots on waterways, so once word gets around of this new device people will hopefully start slowing down,” he says.
“This device is out and about now so people need to start watching their speed; we will pull you over and give you a fine.”
“It’s not rocket science really! Be aware and slow down.”
So for all those racing across the shores, be aware of speed signs in your embankment area and slow it down, you have been warned!