5 mph speed limit on Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River extended to Oct. 2

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order placing a 5 mile-per-hour boating speed limit on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River has been extended through Monday, Oct. 2, the governor’s office announced on Friday.

Under the order, all vessels operating within 600 feet of shore must limit their speed to 5 mph to help reduce impacts to shoreline residents and infrastructure amid the season’s high water levels.

“Those living and working along the Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence shorelines are still susceptible to coastal flooding, which is why it is critical that we continue to limit speed limits within 600 feet of the shore,” Cuomo said. “Through our ongoing emergency response in the affected regions, this extension will reduce any potential impacts and increase safety for shoreline communities.”

Violators of the speed limit can be fined up to $250 and ticketed by local municipalities.

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