As the end of the year approaches, most people probably have their thoughts set on sandy white beaches, aqua blue water and drinks on the deck.
Australians from all walks of life enjoy getting out of town over the summer holidays, and soaking up some of our country’s warm sun.
Yet summer is not only a time of relaxation – it can actually be a pretty stressful period of the year for officials trying to enforce the law.
The NSW police have stepped up their operations for the warm season, especially in regard to water safety.
On Tuesday October 23, the minister for police and emergency services Michael Gallacher and NSW police commissioner Andrew Scipione announced the creation of a Marine Enforcement Team (MET).
The MET is a jet ski squadron that will patrol the state’s waterways over the summer period in the aim of minimising marine crime.
They will be based from the Sydney Water Police station but will operate all over the state’s beaches, from Botany Bay to Broken Bay.
Mr Gallacher said that he hoped this would deter people from breaking the law, saying that the MET “sends an important message to everyone about safe and appropriate behaviour for summer”.
“Whether on the water, on the road, in public places or at home, if you break the law, police will catch you,” he added.
The MET comes as part of the police force’s ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ campaign, which aims to help ensure that everyone stays safe over the holiday period.
“It’s the time of year when more people are out and about, enjoying the warmer weather, and involved in a variety of activities. Unfortunately, we also see more risk taking or poor decisions resulting in injury and often death,” Mr Gallacher said.
“‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ is about reducing risk, taking the time to plan ahead and letting family and friends know what’s happening. Don’t put yourself – or others – in dangerous situations. We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun or ruin good times; this is about keeping people safe.”
This advice particularly applies to people who may be heading out of town on holiday. Motorists should exercise caution and pay attention to the conditions.
You may like to know that should you be involved in an accident, you could be eligible for compensation.