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Huronia West OPP ramping up enforcement during long weekend

Police urge swimmers, drivers, trail users to exercise caution
Wasaga Beach

On this last long weekend of the summer, members of the Huronia West detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be out to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors on our trails, waterways and roadways.

Between Sept. 2 and 5, members of the Huronia West OPP will be among officers from all over the province who will be participating in a provincial traffic safety initiative. This initiative will focus on aggressive driving, and the “Big 4,” which include impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and lack of seatbelt use.

With the public travelling to and from their weekend destinations, road users should expect to see much higher volumes of traffic throughout Springwater, Clearview and Wasaga Beach, making it a particularly important weekend for all drivers to direct their entire attention to the rules of the road.

The Huronia West OPP asks all motorists to be patient and courteous while driving this long weekend.

With boating and off-roading expected to be popular activities as well this long weekend, the OPP is reminding the public that they will continue to be out on waterways and trails, ensuring that boaters and off-roaders are obeying the laws and keeping themselves safe.

OPP would also like to remind anyone who plans to use the beach to do so safely and be smart. Always wear a life-jacket, watch for offshore winds and be aware of the dangers they pose when using an inflatable. Keep a close eye on your children and avoid consuming alcohol. Alcohol is prohibited on the beach and in the park.

Those who plan to adventure out on a paddleboard, kayak or any other flotation device, know your limits. Leave a route plan with a friend and carry a cellphone, extra food and water and navigational aids. Overextending yourself or overestimating your skills could result in a dangerous situation which may require search and rescue.

If you suspect that someone is operating a motor vehicle, boat or off-road vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, do not hesitate to call 911. Highway, trail, and waterway safety is a shared responsibility. By working together, the OPP and members of the public can ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable Labour Day long weekend.

Our message is simple: Enjoy our community but respect it and obey the law.