OPP will be on Roads, Water and Trails this Weekend
ORILLIA, ON, June 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Motorists travelling on Ontario roads
and highways, heading to cottages, campsites and beaches this coming
long weekend will do so under the watchful eye of the Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP).
The Canada Day long weekend is one of the busiest on roads, waterways
and trails as families begin their summer vacations. The weekend also
sees one of the year's highest volumes of boats, camping and ATV
equipment being towed which, combined with the increased traffic, means
a greater risk of becoming involved in a collision for those who are
not completely focused on safe, defensive driving.
Tragically, the OPP has seen an unusually high number of motor vehicle
collision fatalities on Ontario roads recently with 36 people having
been killed in June alone (as of June 26, 2011). The OPP will be extra
diligent this weekend in targeting distracted drivers, aggressive
drivers, street racers, those not wearing seatbelts and motorists who
continue to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol. The OPP Cessna
aircraft will also continue to be in the skies for aerial traffic
enforcement over the busiest highways.
The OPP Marine Unit and S.A.V.E. (Snowmobile, All-Terrain Vehicle and
Vessel Enforcement) Teams will be out on the waterways and trails to
ensure everyone complies with boating and ATV laws. Boaters are
required to have Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) for everyone on
board. Countless lives have been lost in boating incidents because
PFDs were merely "within reach" and the OPP strongly urges everyone to
wear them. ATV incidents also result in deaths every year and the OPP
is reminding trail users that helmets are mandatory for both the driver
and the passenger.
"Despite the proven success of our Provincial Traffic Safety Program,
it's always troubling when we see our enhanced enforcement efforts end
with tragedy every July long weekend. The more than 6,100 charges we
laid over the 2010 Canada Day weekend demonstrate that the OPP is doing
its part to keep people safe, but that some motorists, boaters and
trail users are not". - OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis.
"Remember to put safety first for you and your family this Canada Day
weekend, whether you are in a car, on a boat or exploring off-road in
an all-terrain vehicle."
- Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
"To keep our roads and families safe, Ontario has introduced some of the
toughest laws in Canada, and the latest statistics show we are on the
right track — our efforts are making a difference and lives are being
saved. Along with the OPP and our many other road safety partners, I
encourage each and every person on Ontario's roads to drive safely
- Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation Ontario.
Over the 2010 Canada Day long weekend, 16 deaths occurred in OPP-policed
areas (12 people died in motor vehicle collisions, two in boating
incidents and two others in ATV incidents).
In 2010, 28 marine incident deaths and 17 off-road vehicle deaths
occurred in OPP-policed areas.
For more information and backgrounders on OPP Aircraft Enforcement, Marine Safety, OPP Marine Unit, OPP S.A.V.E. Teams and the Provincial Traffic Safety Program.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division: Sergeant Dave Woodford Phone: 416 553-5471
Central Region: Constable Peter Leon Phone: 705 329-7414
East Region: Sergeant Kristine Rae Phone: 613 284-4557
Northeast Region: Inspector Mark Andrews Phone: 705 471-0704
Northwest Region: Sergeant Shelley Garr Phone: 807 473-2734
West Region: Sergeant Dave Rektor Phone: 519 652-4156