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  Police Focus on Road and Water Safety this Long Weekend

Aug 01, 2008 10:19 ET

The DRPS Traffic and Marine Units are offering summer travel and safety tips to ensure this long weekend is a safe one.

The Durham Regional Police Marine Unit started its summer waterway patrol several weeks ago and will be out this long weekend and for the rest of the summer keeping the waterways safe.

The Marine Unit is reminding all boaters to completely check their vessels prior to launching them for the summer. Under the Small Vessel Regulation of the Canada Shipping Act, all small vessels must be equipped with minimum safety features, such as personal protection equipment, boat safety equipment, distress equipment and navigation equipment. Marine Unit officers will be conducting routine stops, along with safety equipment checks to ensure the equipment is in good working order.

Police also remind boaters not to leave the safety of their vessel in order to retrieve items that fall overboard. A man was pulled out of the water after attempting to retrieve his hat. He was pulled to safety after spending more than six hours in the water after he was unable to get back into his boat.

Officers will also be conducting R.I.D.E. on the waterways and remind operators that operating a boat while impaired carries the same penalty as impaired driving in a motor vehicle. Penalties may include a driver licence suspension, a fine and possible incarceration.

Be safe, wear your life preserver and don’t drink and boat.

The Durham Regional Police Traffic Services Branch is reminding all motorists to take the time to check their vehicles, including tires, wipers, brakes, lights, seatbelts and fluid levels to ensure safe operation.

The Traffic Services Branch along with the Ministry of Transportation Enforcement Unit will be keeping a vigilant watch for unsafe vehicles, impaired/ aggressive drivers and seatbelt violations all of which were contributing factors in fatal collisions across the Region.

Traffic is expected to be heavier then usual over the weekend so members of the Traffic Services Branch are asking that drivers continue to be safe, be patient, plan ahead and drive with respect.

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