NSW Police has announced it will begin conducting random drug tests on waterways… so watch out if you’re looking to have a few bongs next time you go fishing.
The Maritime Enhanced Enforcement Program, or MEEP (…eep!), also includes random alcohol testing and a crackdown on dangerous or antisocial behaviour on the water.
In 2016/17, NSW saw three fatalities on the water (two of them involving jetskis) and nine serious accidents.
“You can expect to see more police on our waterways over the summer boating season,” said NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.
“Driving any vessel under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs puts you at greater risk of injuring or killing yourself, your friends and other innocent people,” Commissioner Fuller said.
Last year’s fatality count of three was actually the lowest number in 80 years, according to Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey.