As another long weekend approaches, DRPS would like to remind residents to drive and boat safely during what is typically one of the most dangerous weekends on our roads and waterways in Ontario. DRPS would like to offer the following information in order to decrease the impact and volume of accidents and collisions on our roads and waterways.
The Marine Services Unit will be out in full force on Durham Region's lakes this weekend, conducting safety spot checks to ensure that all vessels have the appropriate navigation and safety equipment on board. Boaters must be carrying the appropriate flotation devices (in the appropriate sizes for passengers on board), ropes, bail cans, flashlights, etc. Accidents can happen in an instant, so it is important (and the law) that you keep these items on board and easily accessible at all times.
It is also important that all licences and registration documents are carried on board at all times. Boaters should refrain from drinking and boating, and DRPS would like to remind boaters that operating a vessel while impaired carries the same weight as operating a vehicle while impaired, with penalties including fines, a loss of license and jail time.
This weekend will also see an increase in traffic on our roads, and officers are reminding drivers to keep their cool, pay attention to the road, and refrain from drinking and driving. The DRPS Traffic Services Branch will be targeting the Big Four Killers, and will be watching for impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers, which are a few of the most common factors in motor vehicle collisions. DRPS would also like to remind drivers to check their vehicles before heading out on the road, ensuring that all front and rear lights, wipers, and brakes are in working order, and that all fluid levels are at the appropriate level to ensure a safe operation of your vehicle.
Motorists should be prepared for higher volumes, slower travel times and delays and should avoid risky behaviour behind the wheel.
Check your vehicles and vessels before heading out, refrain from consuming alcohol and getting behind the wheel, and have a fun long weekend.
Marine Unit on patrol (JPG file, 386.8K bytes)