OPP to Target Off-road Vehicle Compliance Over Long Weekend
ORILLIA, ON, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - After one of the coldest springs on
record, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) expects to see many eager
Ontarians take to the roads, trails and waterways this coming Victoria
Day Long Weekend.
The OPP will be looking to all motorists, boaters and off-road vehicle
users to take charge of their own safety and to ensure the safety of
passengers and anyone else whose lives they would jeopardize due to
unsafe or dangerous driving behaviour over the weekend.
This is a particularly busy weekend for off-road vehicle enthusiasts.
Every year the OPP encounters off-road users who regard traffic safety
as something the OPP is responsible for rather than the operators
According to the OPP, this mindset was a significant contributing factor
in the 12 fatal off-road vehicle incidents in 2012 (within OPP
jurisdiction). OPP S.A.V.E. Team and other OPP officers will be keeping a keen eye out this weekend for
operators who are non-compliant with off-road vehicle laws.
Over the weekend, the OPP will also be watching for impaired drivers and
boaters, people who drive aggressively or distracted and those who are
in violation of occupant restraint laws. The OPP is also reminding
motorists to be mindful about Ontario's Move Over law that requires drivers to slow down and move over when passing an
emergency vehicle (ambulance/fire/police) on the shoulder of the road.
"We need people to get away from thinking that as long as there is a
strong police presence on roads, waterways and trails on long weekends,
officers can keep everyone safe," said Deputy Commissioner Larry
Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
"We want to see drivers, boaters and trail users themselves take charge
of how they behave behind the wheel and in doing so, many lives will be
saved," he added.
"Operating a motor vehicle, boat or off-road vehicle within the law is a
far better alternative than dealing with the life-changing consequences
that begin to unfold the second a person makes a bad decision behind
the wheel and lives are senselessly brought to a tragic end," said
Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety
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SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division: Sergeant Dave Woodford Phone: (416) 553-5471
Central Region: Sergeant Peter Leon Phone: (705) 330-3738
East Region: Sgt. Kristine Rae Phone: (613) 285-5479
Northwest Region: Sergeant Shelley Garr Phone: (807) 473-2734
Northeast Region: Sgt. Jim McGill Phone: (705) 845-2751
West Region: Sergeant Dave Rektor Phone: (519) 652-4156