A two-day operation saw water police focus on testing skippers for drug and alcohol use while boating in the Gladstone harbour.
A two-day operation saw water police focus on testing skippers for drug and alcohol use while boating in the Gladstone harbour.

Skippers tested for drugs, alcohol, in two day operation

THE Gladstone Water Police and Brisbane Roadside Drug Testing Unit combined forces recently to run a two-day operation focusing on drug and alcohol testing of boat users.

Targeting the Gladstone harbour, one skipper was found to be under the influence of drugs and had possession of cannabis within the hull of his boat.

Gladstone Water Police sergeant Jeff Barnett said skippers must have a blood alcohol limit of less than 0.05 and skippers of commercial class 1 vessels must have a blood alcohol limit of zero.

"All vessels from tinnies to tugs were checked. We have a zero tolerance for boating under the influence of drugs," Said Sergeant Jeff Barnett

"Alcohol increases risk-taking behaviour in some individuals while response time is slowed by drugs. Intoxicating substances lead us to believe that we can do things beyond our capability. This behaviour is common among alcohol and drug users, and when it occurs on the waterways, the consequences are often fatal."

A conviction for a drug driving offence whilst operating a vessel can result in your marine licence being cancelled or suspended.

The Gladstone Water Police will continue to run similar operations to ensure that the waterways are a safe place for all users.