Authorities reinforce dam safety

WITH 150,000 people expected to enjoy Easter at one of south-east Queensland's recreational dams, authorities are urging Ipswich boaties not to forget about the safety of themselves and others.

Water Grid CEO Barry Dennien said water police, SEQwater and Maritime Safety officers would be conducting regular patrols.

"Our campaign, 'Don't be DAM stupid' is designed to make people rethink their behaviour both on and around dams to provide a safe environment for all," Mr Dennien said.

Ipswich District Queensland Police Inspector Kevin Keillor said Water Police would be targeting anti-social behaviour, including drink driving, on and off the water.

"This is not about stopping people enjoying themselves, it is about ensuring people act responsibly," Inspector Keillor said.

Maritime Safety Queensland general manager Patrick Quirk said the most common mistake boaties made on inland waterways related to lifejackets.

"Often people don't carry enough life jackets, don't have the right size or type of lifejackets for children, and fail to ensure that any child under 12 years of age is wearing one when on a boat less than 4.8 metres in length," Mr Quirk said.



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