OPP will be out in full force on Ontario’s highways looking for driver’s who are drinking, speeding, using cellphones, not wearing their seat-belts or ensuring that their passengers are properly buckled-up (including child restraint seats not properly fastened).
OPP will also be on lakes, rivers and waterways looking for operator’s of boats who are drinking, driving carelessly and not wearing their life jackets.
Many Ontarians will be eager to head out for one of their last summer outings this coming Labour Day weekend and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) know how easily eagerness can translate to careless behaviour, poor judgment and ultimate tragedy on roads, waterways and trails.
The OPP conducted unprecedented enforcement over the Victoria Day, Canada Day and Civic Holiday long weekends this year (2011) and despite their ramped up efforts, tragic deaths and serious injuries have continued to make their way into the statistics books over the spring and summer months.
Police say there have been more collisions, but fewer deaths and injuries, on OPP patrolled roads so far this year compared with the same point in 2010.
Bill 209 has given police services across Ontario another tool in their efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on our waterways.
This new legislation provides police officers with authority to suspend driver’s licences (12 hour suspension) and issue an 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) if the boat operator registers a fail on a breath test.
Upon conviction of Impaired Operation of a Vessel or Operation in Excess 80 mgs. of alcohol, the courts now have the authority to suspend the persons driver’s licence for a minimum of one year. The Ignition Interlock Program will also apply when a conviction is registered.
As a means of engaging the public, the OPP has been increasing its use of social media to encourage Ontarians to share their views about OPP traffic safety initiatives and public education campaigns they undertake to keep our highways and roadways safe.
Posting traffic safety initiatives and other news on popular social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook about how the OPP keeps Ontario safe is fast becoming an integral part of how they do business. It is helping them be more effective by reaching out directly to the public to address issues or misconceptions, while raising awareness and generating public viewpoints and questions about the many laws they enforce.
The OPP encourages the public to sign up and participate in their social media discussions by following the links to their social media accounts posted on the front page of the OPP website.
The OPP has investigated 44,917 reportable motor vehicle collisions (MVC) this year on OPP-patrolled roads; an increase of 6.3% from the 42,271 for the same time in 2010.
192 persons have been killed in MVCs on OPP-patrolled roads; a decrease of 7.2% from the 207 for the same time in 2010.
9,049 people have been injured in MVCs on OPP-patrolled roads; a decrease of 3.8% from the 9,405 over 2010.