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|Zero tolerance for speeding boat users|
|Wednesday, 24 October 2012 08:47|
Following a successful prosecution in September, the River Hamble Harbour Authority is reminding boat users to abide by the speed limit.
A Whiteley resident was fined £100 plus court costs by Southampton Magistrates Court, after pleading guilty to a speeding offence. The motor-boat owner was caught at between 25 and 30 knots on the river where a 6 knot limit applies throughout. This is the equivalent of doing 125 -150 in a 30mph limit on the road. This prosecution, brought by Hampshire County Council as the River Hamble Harbour Authority, sends a strong message that disregard for speed limits on the river will not be tolerated.
The Chairman of the Harbour Authority, Councillor Keith Evans said: “This is a positive result and we hope this case will act as a deterrent to others in the future. Speeding can cause serious accidents and we encourage all users to be considerate of others’ safety, while on the river.”
Regulations can be found at www.hants.gov.uk/hambleharbour.