The Nipissing West Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police were kept busy over what turned out to be a tragic Civic Holiday long weekend in Ontario.
Nipissing West OPP officers responded to two separate drownings — a Sudbury man died in a paddling mishap in Halfway Lake Provincial Park while a Udora, Ont., man died after jumping off a cliff into the French River.
Between July 31 and August 3, the OPP conducted its annual Civic Holiday traffic campaign. The Nipissing West Detachments and the Sudbury Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) Team laid several charges while targeting drivers who were not in compliance with Ontario's Move Over law and who engaged in other risky driving behaviours during one of the year's busiest weekends on Ontario's roads.
Officers laid three charges against drivers who failed to move over a lane for roadside emergency vehicles when it was safe to do so.
Some of the other enforcement efforts reported by Nipissing West OPP included:
- Impaired (Alcohol) = 1
- Speeding = 100
- Stunt Driving = 2
- Other Moving violations = 4
- Warn Range Suspensions = 2
- Other Highway Traffic Act = 6
- Other Criminal Code = 2
- Other Provincial Statutes = 2
In addition, officers investigated a total of six motor vehicle collisions and responded to a total of 155 calls for service.
The OPP thanks everyone who observed traffic laws to help keep roads, waterways and trails safe over the Civic Holiday long weekend by avoiding poor behaviours that place themselves and others at risk on and off the road.