ORILLIA, ON, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - This Civic Holiday Long Weekend
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers will be highly visible
throughout the province, ensuring that road users and outdoor
enthusiasts make it through a safe holiday weekend.
With more great weather in the forecast, the OPP will be ready for the
many eager Ontarians and tourists travelling to and from recreational
destinations and they will be well-resourced to deal with those who
disobey traffic laws on OPP-policed roads, waterways and trails right
through the weekend.
With a summer that is shaping up to be one of the warmest on record
comes an increased public presence on roads, lakes and trails and sadly
the number of fatalities, especially drownings, is rising by the week.
"I am deeply saddened by the number of drownings this year and this serves as an important reminder that exercising water safety is
not just for boaters, it is equally critical where swimming and any
other activities in and around water occur," said Lewis. "When it
comes to drownings, whether related to boating incidents or otherwise,
the one common factor they all carry is that they are among the most
preventable tragedies of all," added Lewis.
"Ontario's roads rank among the safest in North America, but ultimately
safety is the responsibility of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians,"
said the Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation. "Tragedy could
be only an inattentive moment away - I urge all Ontarians to stay alert
and obey the laws to help keep our province's roads safe this weekend."
According to the OPP Highway Safety Division (HSD), road fatalities are
up nearly 25 per cent this year, with 202 persons having died in motor
vehicle collisions to date (as of July 29, 2012) compared to 162
fatalities this same time last year.
"This coming weekend our officers will focus their enforcement efforts
on drivers, boaters and trail users who drink and drive, drive
aggressively or while distracted and those who are not compliant with
seat belt and boating laws," said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, HSD
Commander. "We will also have an extra set of eyes on speeders from
the skies, as our OPP Cessna conducts aircraft enforcement throughout
the province over the weekend," added Bell.
The OPP is also reminding the public to wear personal floatation devices
(PFD) when heading out on the water this weekend. Five people have
died so far this summer in boating incidents in which lack of PFD use
was a factor.
OPP Water Safety
OPP Aircraft Enforcement
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division:
Sergeant Dave Woodford
Phone: 416 553-5471
Sergeant Peter Leon
Phone: 705 329-7414
Sergeant Kristine Rae
Phone: 613 284-4557
Inspector Mark Andrews
Phone: 705 471-0704
Sergeant Shelley Garr
Phone: 807 473-2734
A/Sgt. Chrystal Jones
Phone: 888 287-7249