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  DRPS Encourages Road and Water Safety this Summer

May 25, 2016 09:12 ET

Canada Road Safety Week was in full swing this week, but as it winds down we approach one of the most dangerous weekends on Ontario roads and waterways - the Victoria Day long weekend. DRP would like to remind the public to be safe and responsible, and to follow the rules of the road and the water.

With emphasis on targeting the Big Four Killers, officers will be out in full force this weekend to combat impaired driving, seat belt use, aggressive driving and distracted driving. This Saturday, May 21, 2016, officers will be participating in National Enforcement Day for Impaired Driving, tightening the enforcement of impaired driving laws.

Our Marine Units will be challenging those same issues as they patrol 1,400 sq. km of our waterways in Durham Region, performing RIDE checks on boaters this weekend. The public is reminded that there is a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to operating a vessel under the influence, and that the proper safety equipment is required on board at all times, such as personal floatation devices, distress equipment and navigation equipment.

Motorists and boaters alike should slow down and pay attention when behind the wheel, check vehicles and vessels to ensure they are operating safely, and never operate a vehicle or a vessel while under the influence.

Boaters should remember that the operation of a vessel while impaired carries the same penalty as driving a vehicle while impaired. Penalties can include licence suspension, fines, and incarceration.

Don't forget to keep yourselves and your passengers safe this weekend, and don't drink and drive (or boat).

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Marine Unit patrolling in the Hike (JPG file, 410.5K bytes)