Police step up patrols heading into Canada Day weekend

Authorities are on the lookout for drivers, boaters, and ATV riders who break the rules

Ontario Provincial Police are stepping up long weekend patrols
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Drivers are hitting the highways early to get a head-start on the Canada Day weekend.

They won't be alone, though.

Ontario Provincial Police will be watching from the air, on the water, in the trails, and on the road.

As the first holiday weekend of summer begins, authorities are telling drivers to remember that speeding, following too closely, making unsafe lane changes, road rage, and failing to yield the right-of-way are all aggressive driving behaviours that injure and kill people of all ages every year.

In 2013, speed was a factor in more than 11,000 crashes, resulting in 33 deaths.

24 people died as a result of distracted driving, and impaired driving killed 12 people.

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  1. TrafficReporterinTheTwinCommanche posted on 06/27/2014 09:42 AM
    All points bulletin ................... stay on the lookout for Cadillac Escalade in the Muskoka area

    Owner probably breaking out ......................
  2. john posted on 06/27/2014 10:52 AM
    sounds like the OPP is trying to use up there ticket quota again what else is new ?
  3. john posted on 06/27/2014 10:55 AM
    thay are not called highway pigs for nothing .
  4. Loose Lips Sink Ships posted on 06/27/2014 11:27 AM
    Just a friendly reminder: If you're on your way to a Canada Day or World Pride or World Cup celebration and find yourself at a RIDE checkpoint, be smart and don't tell your friends.

    You think that by telling your friends where to avoid a checkpoint, you're helping them avoid an inconvenience. What you're actually doing is sharing information that will make it easier for someone (maybe your friend, maybe someone else who overhears you) to get behind the wheel drunk, drive home unimpeded, and reduce some innocent pedestrian's internal organs to a homogenous paste with their front fender at 20 over the speed limit.

    Keep your mouth shut. Save lives.
    1. Greg posted on 06/27/2014 12:00 PM
      @Loose Lips Sink Ships Great advice! Thanks, Officer.
    2. john posted on 06/27/2014 02:24 PM
      @Loose Lips Sink Ships yea like that will not happen . give your head a shake mate .
    3. Mark posted on 06/27/2014 03:55 PM
      @john Not with an attitude like that...
    4. Mark posted on 06/27/2014 03:59 PM
      @Loose Lips Sink Ships Well said. It's like the idiots that warn other drivers of a speed trap ahead and then complain about their insurance rates being so high. When I see a speed trap in the opposing lanes I just look over at the approaching speeding drivers and smile.
  5. john posted on 06/27/2014 02:28 PM
    LOL it is already posted on twitter and FB where thay are located .
    1. Mark posted on 06/27/2014 03:54 PM
      @john Yes, and many of them are bogus. Hopefully it will divert some of the impaired drivers to the real ones... LOL
  6. Police step up patrols posted on 06/27/2014 05:23 PM
    Police step up patrols heading into Canada Day weekend -to celebrate the release of Rob Ford and the beginning of circus season again!
    1. john posted on 06/28/2014 12:18 PM
      @Police step up patrols u mean the Wynne circus . that more entertaining .
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