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 on the roads and on the water.
Before heading out of town, 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. Make sure your trailer connections are secure and your signal harnesses are attached properly and in good working order. Leave extra time knowing that traffic will be busy and make sure you share the road with farm vehicles.
If you're heading out on the water this weekend, remember that under the Small Vessel Regulation of the Canada Shipping Act, all small vessels must be equipped with minimum safety features. These include 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!
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