The Durham Regional Police Service will have an increased presence on our major roads this long weekend to encourage motorists to slow down and drive safely. Officers will also be on the water to monitor boaters. Drinking and driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, aggressive driving and failure to wear a flotation device are the main focus of this weekend’s safety blitz.
Motorists and boaters alike are reminded of the importance of the safe operation of their vehicles and vessels during the long weekend ahead. The DRPS Traffic and Marine Units have safety tips and reminders to ensure this long weekend is a safe one.
Under the Small Vessel Regulation of the Canada Shipping Act, all small vessels must be equipped with minimum safety features, such as personal floatation equipment, boat safety equipment, distress equipment and navigation equipment.
The operation of a vessel while impaired carries the same penalty as impaired driving of a motor vehicle on the highway. Penalties include a driver licence suspension, fine, and/or possible incarceration. Be safe, wear your personal floatation device and don’t drink and boat!
The Durham Regional Police Traffic Services Branch is reminding motorists to take the time to check their vehicles, including tires, wipers, brakes, lights, seatbelts and fluid levels to ensure safe operation at all times. Leave extra time knowing that traffic will be busy and make sure you share the road with farm vehicles.
Also, new legislation regarding drinking and driving is coming into effect on August 1.
All drivers 21 years of age or younger must have zero blood alcohol level when they get behind the wheel. Failure to do so can result in an immediate 24-hour licence suspension, 30-day licence suspension and up to $500 in fines.
Tougher penalties are also in effect for drivers who are in the Graduated Licencing System. These penalties include a 30-day licence suspension for the first instance, 90-day license suspension for a second instance and further instances can result to a cancellation of the licence as well as other penalties.
Don’t jeopardize your safety or the safety of your passengers and other vacationers. Be safe and obey all the rules of the road and water.
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