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Sheriff Luce raises concerns about speeding boats on canal

Go slower on the canal.

That was the message from Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce, who released a statement on speeding boats early in the week.

“I’ve personally had four complaints in the last week, which is a lot for a short time. We’ve had some other complaints as well,” Luce told the Finger Lakes Times. “Practically speaking, if you’re creating a breaking wave or the wash from your boat is hitting the bank, you’re driving too fast.”


Most of the complaints have been concentrated in the area of Barrett Marine, near where Seneca Lake connects with the canal.

“They are probably just coming off the lake, where there really is no speed limit, and just not slowing down enough,” Luce added. “We do patrol the canal, and our deputies have stopped people and written tickets. We have a lot of tourists and people from out of town using the lake, so it’s not just local people.”

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