"People Are Important Safety Partner" Says OPP
ORILLIA, ON, June 24, 2013 /CNW/ - With people getting set for what is
traditionally one of the busiest long weekends of the year, the Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP) is also gearing up for a busy weekend on
Ontario roads, trails and waterways this Canada Day Long weekend.
In particular, the OPP will be keeping a close eye out for people who
display aggressive driving behaviour, whether in a motor vehicle, boat
or all-terrain vehicle.
The OPP is reminding the public that speeding is not the only form of
aggressive driving they will be watching out for over the weekend.
Following vehicles too closely, improper lane changes, weaving in and
out of lanes and a general disregard for traffic laws are all forms of
aggressive and dangerous driving behaviour that put all road users at
As they have done in the past, the OPP will be looking to every
motorist, boater and trail user to partner with them for a safe and
"People are finally getting the message that they themselves play a far
greater role in keeping everyone safe than the OPP does. We may be
seeing the results of this positive attitude shift reflected in our
fatality statistics this year, with the number of deaths on roads,
waterways and trails we police at 110 compared to 173 this time last
year," said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander,
Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
"We want to see this positive trend continue and one way to make this
happen is to have everyone become our number one safety partner and to
make road, boating and trail safety the same top priority as we do over
busy long weekends and throughout the year at the OPP," said Chief
Superintendent Don Bell, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division.
Over and above aggressive driving, the OPP will be watching for: seat
belt compliance; distracted driving; impaired while driving, boating or
off-roading; compliance with Move Over laws; and use of boating safety equipment such as Personal Floatation Devices (PFD).
Aggressive Driving & Road Rage
Safety On The Trails
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SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division:
Sgt. Dave Woodford
Phone: (416) 553-5471
Sgt. Peter Leon
Phone: (705) 330-3738
Sgt. Kris Rae
Phone: (613) 285-2750
Sgt. Shelley Garr
Phone: (807) 473-2734
Sgt. Jim McGill
Phone: (705) 845-2751
Sgt. Dave Rektor
Phone: (519) 652-4156