Zero tolerance for speeding boat users
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Following a successful prosecution on the 13 September 2012, the River Hamble Harbour Authority is reminding boat users to abide by the speed limit.
A Whiteley resident was fined £100 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. An application for court costs in the sum of £220 was also granted, together with a victim surcharge of £15.
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."