Ontario Provincial Police are reminding everyone that the long weekend is no excuse to put yourselves or others at risk.
Officers will be out in full force for Operation Dry Water cracking down on anyone drinking and boating, noting that 40% of boating-related fatalities in Canada are alcohol-related.
Cst. Liz Melvin tells AM980 the beautiful weekend forecast with sunshine and temperatures in the high 20s on Sunday and Monday actual puts you at higher risk.
“The impairment effects of alcohol on the water can be increased when it’s combined with the sun, wind, waves, and the rocking motion of the boat. So, when the summer boating season’s in high gear like the August long weekend, we want people to be aware through our safety initiative and remind Canadian boaters not to drink and boat. It is a criminal offence.”
Drinking and boating is illegal across Canada, and in Ontario boaters will also have their driver’s licence immediately suspended.
Cst. Melvin adds that officers will also be cracking down on dangerous behaviour on land.
“Heavy traffic volumes throughout the province’s highways and roads will see a greater presence of roadside emergency vehicles which includes tow-trucks and it makes it particularly important for drivers to act in accordance with the law,” Melvin explains.
“They are reminded that they’re supposed to slow down and on multi-lane highways move over if possible and if safe to do so. If they fail to do so there is a fine and the law carries a fine range of $400 to $2000 and three demerit points.”
RIDE checkpoints will also be set up throughout Middlesex County as officers scan for impaired drivers.