Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00
While most boaters and personal watercraft riders operate their vessels in a responsible manner, speeding is a major problem. According to Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano, speeding will not be tolerated in Town waters.
“With Long Island Sound on the town’s north shore and Great South Bay on the south shore, it is only natural that Oyster Bay attracts a large number of boaters and personal watercraft riders,” Coschignano said. “Boaters and operators of personal watercraft commonly known as ‘jet skis’ after a popular brand should be aware that speeding in town waters will not be tolerated.” In 2011, bay constables issued 130 summonses for speeding, excessive wake and imprudent operation of a vessel.
Town code calls for a five mile per hour speed limit in all channels and within 200 feet of any dock, shoreline or mooring. In creeks, canals and marinas, all vessels, including personal watercraft, must be operated dead slow and throw no wake. Fines can be levied for violations.
“Imprudent operation is a violation that can result in stiff penalties,” Coschignano said. “An operator can also be cited within or outside of the restricted speed zones.”
The councilman added that while he encourages boaters to enjoy plying the pristine waters along the Town’s scenic shores, he cannot emphasize strongly enough that speeding will not be tolerated.
“I know most boaters and personal watercraft operators do obey the ‘rules of the road’ and practice common boating courtesy, but even one accident is one too many,” Supervisor John Venditto emphasized. “The town’s bay constables will be out in force.”