Increased police presence to be expected over long weekend

With the long weekend approaching, the West Grey Police Service will be increasing our presence on the roadways and will be focusing enforcement on the “BIG 5” (Impaired driving [fatigue, drugs, alcohol], distracted driving, seatbelts, speeding and aggressive driving.)

As the summer weather hits and Canada Day celebrations commence, it can be expected that you will be driving through more and more RIDE programs in hopes to reduce the amount of impaired drivers on our roads. Drivers are often in a rush to get to their destinations during the long weekends and officers will be on the lookout for speeders and those drivers who are driving in an aggressive manner. West Grey continues to strive towards our goal of having the safest roadways in Ontario.

In West Grey, you will often find people tubing in our waterways to get away from the hot weather, but we remind you that consuming alcohol or being intoxicated in a public place is not permitted. We ask boaters to insure that each person have a Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) as it is required by law. The West Grey Police would like to also remind all boaters that operating a vessel while impaired has the same consequences as operating a vehicle impaired.

We will also be on the lookout for distracted drivers this weekend. When you drive and are distracted, you pose a significant safety threat to yourself, your passengers, and other drivers Every day, people get behind the wheel and take their attention away from the road. That includes reading, eating, using their phone and GPS. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes annually.

Make sure to always buckle your seat belts and to ensure that youngsters are properly restrained in vehicles according to their age, size and weight. Driving without a seat belt is not worth the risk, or the ticket.

On behalf of all of us at the West Grey Police Service, we wish you a safe and happy long Canada Day weekend.