Joint Enforcement lays 28 charges over two weekends

OPP Marine Stop
Photo Courtesy of the Ontario Provincial Police

Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division (OPP) and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) have joined forces to ensure current regulations are being followed to reduce the safety risks for all those out on waterways and trails.

As a result of these joint patrols during weekends of June 24 – 26 2016 and July 8 – 10, 2016 the following charges have been laid:

  • (4) charges under the Off Road Vehicles Act;
  • (9) charges under the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario;
  • (4) charges under the Public Lands Act;
  • (1) charge under the Forest Fire Prevention Act;
  • (4) charges under the Small Vessel regulations of the Canada Shipping Act;
  • (3) charges under the Canada Shipping Act;
  • (3) 3-day Warn Administrative Driver’s License Suspensions under the Highway Traffic Act.

OPP data continues to show that the overwhelming majority of victims who die in fatal boating incidents are not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD) or lifejacket.

Drinking and boating is just as dangerous as drinking and driving and the very same laws in place for impaired driving also apply to impaired boating. If you suspect that someone is operating a boat while impaired, call 9-1-1. In doing so, you could be saving lives.

Always do a thorough check of your boat and safety equipment before heading out on the water as mechanical breakdowns account for a significant number of calls for assistance by the OPP.

Investigations into Off -Road Vehicle collisions continue to show that alcohol consumption, lack of experience, high speed, lack of helmet use and overall carelessness are major contributing factors in severe injuries or deaths associated with this outdoor activity.

Exercise caution and follow basic safety rules.  Your life and the lives of others  depend on it.