Now easier to distinguish trail enforcement personnel
ORILLIA, ON, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) unveiled a new S.T.O.P.
(Snowmobile Trail Officer Patrol) logo as the OPP and OFSC jointly
promoted Provincial Snowmobile Safety Week at OPP General Headquarters
today. Provincial Snowmobile Safety Week runs from January 16 - 22,
Snowmobilers will now find it easier to distinguish a volunteer S.T.O.P.
officer from an OPP officer on OFSC trails this winter. The new logo
(see http://files.newswire.ca/380/STOP-Flash-FINAL.jpg) will be worn on S.T.O.P. officers' snowmobile suits or patrol vests.
"The joint efforts of the OPP and our S.T.O.P. program partners are key
to snowmobile safety," said Chief Superintendent Bill Grodzinski,
Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division. "We are highly committed to
ensuring that snowmobiling remains a safe and fun recreational sport in
Ontario and our collaborative efforts with the our partner the OFSC are
an important part of that commitment", he added.
"The OPP's leadership and expertise in safety is important to the
effectiveness of our S.T.O.P. program, and we will continue to work
together to make Ontario among the safest provinces for snowmobile
enthusiasts," said OFSC Executive Director Paul Shaughnessy.
Ontario's snowmobile trails are patrolled by OPP Detachment Members, OPP
S.A.V.E. (Snow Machine, All Terrain Vehicle and Vessels Enforcement)
Teams in partnership with S.T.O.P. officers. The S.T.O.P. program is
a community-based enforcement program carried out through a partnership
between the OPP and the OFSC.
S.T.O.P. officers are OFSC volunteers who earn appointment as Special
Constables and designation as Provincial Offences Officers. This
provides them with the authority to enforce the Motorized Snow Vehicles
Act on OFSC prescribed trails. While they perform their duties with an
OPP officer much of the time, they can operate unsupervised if fully
trained. Off the trails, S.T.O.P. officers provide education and
awareness about snowmobile safety in Ontario.
To learn more about the S.T.O.P. Program, the OFSC and snowmobile
safety, go to: www.ofsc.on.ca
To learn more about the OPP Provincial Traffic Safety Program, go to:
To learn more about the OPP S.A.V.E. Program, go to:
To view the Ontario Motorized Snow Vehicles Act, go to:
For more information about the Ontario Provincial Police, visit www.opp.ca
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
|OPP Sgt. Michael Price, Coordinator, Off-Road Safety Program|
Provincial Support Unit
OPP Highway Safety Division