ORILLIA, ON, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - As the hot days of summer draw to a close
and people prepare to celebrate the final long weekend of the season,
the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding motorists and boaters
traveling on OPP patrolled roadways, waterways and trails during the
Labour Day weekend that they should not be taking any time off from
thinking about safety.
To this effect, OPP officers will be out in full force patrolling
Ontario's highways, waterways and trails targeting aggressive drivers
and marine operators to ensure everyone's safety.
"We are asking everyone to join our efforts by acting responsibly while
out enjoying the roads and waterways this upcoming holiday long-weekend"
said OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis. "The OPP will continue to demonstrate
our commitment to safe communities by being out in full force and
targeting those who put others safety at risk".
Numerous lives have been lost on our roadways and waterways this summer.
So far this year, 205 people have died in traffic related fatalities in
Ontario on OPP patrolled roadways as compared to 199 in 2009.
Marine fatalities are down in 2010 to 17 to date as compared to 27 in
2009. Despite this trend, the OPP continues to respond almost daily to
calls from people in distress on our waterways.
"The increase in the number of fatalities from last year causes the OPP
great concern" said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial
Commander responsible for OPP Traffic Safety Programs. "This is not
acceptable and our stepped up patrols across the province will be
addressing this issue by targeting the aggressive driving and boating
behaviours that put the lives and safety of innocent people at risk."
The OPP is calling on all motorists and boaters to keep safety as a
priority this long weekend. Slow down and be respectful of others. Leave
some extra time to get to your destination and keep extra space between
you and other vehicles or vessels. Let's work together to make this
final weekend of summer a safe one.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information: For further information:
|Contacts by OPP Region:|
|Highway Safety Division: ||Sergeant Dave Woodford || Phone: (416) 553-5471|
|Central Region: ||Sergeant Paulo DiFonte ||Phone: (705) 329-7415|
|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: ||Sgt Dave Rektor ||Phone: (519) 652-4156|
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