COE HILL — Another holiday weekend , another Ontario Provincial Police highway safety blitz.
Here’s the word from the OPP HQ at Orillia:
CIVIC HOLIDAY LONG WEEKEND… SAFE TRAVEL BEGINS WITH YOU
(ORILLIA, ON.) – As we prepare to embark on the Civic Holiday long weekend (July 31 to August 3, 2009), the Central Region of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be operating Safe Travel Enforcement Initiative.
Extra officers will be working to ensure that this weekend will be like every other weekend and hopefully filled with positive family memories. This can be accomplished if everyone makes safe travel part of their plans.
To ensure that this long weekend begins and ends safely, the public is being reminded to be respectful of the laws which govern travel on our roads, waterways and trails.
The OPP, through Vision 2010, is committed to making our roadways, waterways and trail systems the safest in North America. Chief Superintendent Mike Armstrong, Regional Commander of Central Region has said “our officers are always visibly present and are committed to our safety based initiatives and this weekend will be no exception. We will be looking for seatbelt, helmet and personal flotation compliance along with keeping motorists within the posted speed limits of our area roadways.”
Chief Superintendent Armstrong has further stated that “impaired operation of any type is not only unacceptable, but is something that the officers from Central Region are diligently working to reduce through spot checks and R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) initiatives each and every day”.
This week, as you plan for the upcoming long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is asking that you pack some patience as travel on area roadways will significantly increase as the weekend approaches. Keeping your speed within the posted speed limits, increasing the distance between your vehicle and the one travelling ahead of you and properly wearing your seatbelt can help make this weekend a safe weekend.