Stay safe this weekend

    As police across the province gear up for what is deemed to be Canada’s busiest weekend on our roads and waterways, the message from the OPP is a basic one: don’t drink and drive, buckle up, and take your time.
    As of July 22, 245 people have died in motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roadways. Of those killed, 81 died in speed-related collisions, 63 of the dead were not wearing seatbelts, and 38 died in alcohol-related collisions.
    Thousands have been left to grieve the loss and deal with the financial impact associated.
    Investigations into two fatal motor vehicle collisions in the Northwest Region last weekend listed speed, alcohol, or fatigue, or a combination of the three, as contributing factors.
    On the waterways, the Northwest Region is leading the province in the number of marine fatalities in 2007 with five dead so far.
    The most recent marine fatality could have been prevented if the fisherman simply had practised personal safety and worn a life jacket.
    Police are stressing to the public the need to practice basic personal safety during the upcoming long weekend, particularly with regard to the traditional significant increase in traffic that is anticipated.
    Whether you are in a personal or a commercial motor vehicle, prepare for your journey and take your time. If fatigued, take a break.
    Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends and family drink and drive.
    Fasten your seatbelt and ensure your children are properly buckled up.
    If on the water, wear a life jacket.
    Police will be out in force with a focus on enforcement during this long weekend. Practising basic good driving skills and basic personal safety is the key to ensuring your long weekend is a safe and happy one.