During the course of the summer, the Guardia Civil has intensified spot checks on small pleasure boats around the Alicante province, and found almost a quarter of those checked committed legal infringements and were liable to a fine.

The checks have been conducted across the country, but as Alicante is one of the key locations for summer sailors, there were more checks in this province, along with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Cádiz and Málaga.

Across Alicante, some 4,427 vessels were inspected, of which 1,004 were found to be committing some form of infringement, mainly due to deficiencies or lack of insurance policy, certificate of seaworthiness and the qualification certification of the skipper.

Educational and awareness visits were also made to businesses engaged in sailing activities, mostly to offer advice on correct procedure and compliance.

The Guardia Civil, who conducted the checks with the provincial maritime service, said that the checks are designed to improve the safety of users of these vessels, and the bathers and people visiting the Spanish coast in the summer.

During the latest activity launched by the Guardia Civil and Dgt against speeding motorists, the figure was 3.4% of drivers checked finding themselves reported for not complying with speed limits, so the near 25% rate of offences in the boating sector is highlighted as a significant cause for concern.

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