The Civic Day long weekend is one of the busiest long weekends of the year. Once again the Almaguin Highlands Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were busy patrolling local roads, waterways, and towns.
This year between Friday, August 4, 2017 and Monday, August 7, 2017, OPP responded to 77occurrences in the Almaguin Highlands area and issued a total of 98 Provincial Offences Act charges. These charges include 78 speeding charges, three drivers were charged with failing to surrender their licence, five charges were issued for fail to move over for emergency vehicles and numerous other Highway Traffic Act charges.
Four drivers were charged for failing to produce insurance card, contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act of Ontario. The marine unit was also out this long weekend patrolling the waters and seven Provincial Offence Notices were issued to operators which include Liquor Licence Act charges and charges under the Canada Shipping Act, Small Vessel Regulations.
Officers also conducted seven R.I.D.E (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs throughout the area, checking a total of 92 vehicles. Two drivers were charged with impaired operation that was separate from the R.I.D.E. program.
Almaguin Highlands OPP did investigate three motor vehicle collisions over the weekend, one driver suffered minor injuries and the other two drivers were not injured.
OPP would like to thank the majority of drivers who drove responsibly.