With all the road closures recently, caused by both accidents and dangerous weather conditions, OPP say motorists must stay off closed roads.
Already numerous traffic violation tickets have been issued to drivers who are travelling on area Highways that have been closed due to inclement weather conditions.
"When the OPP decides to close a highway due to weather conditions, it is strictly done for the safety of all motorists," says Constable Julie Vienneau. "Just this winter alone, since December 1, 2021, to January 11, 2022, James Bay Detachments have issued 36 Highway Traffic Act provincial offences and have had to attend numerous motor vehicle collisions involving motorists driving on a closed highway."
A Highway closure is clearly indicated with large road closure signs and there are two infractions related to this type of offence.
- Disobey Sign - contrary to section 182(2) of the HTA
- Drive on Closed Highway, contrary to section 134(3) of the HTA
"Those motorists who fail to comply with the law risk being charged," says Vienneau.