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Staying Safe On The Labour Day Weekend

With the arrival of the last long weekend of the summer – and sun in the forecast – the northbound exodus has already begun.

But those attempting to get to the cottage faster by speeding, weaving in and out of traffic or driving dangerously in other ways will be the target of the OPP’s four-day blitz.

Starting Friday, provincial police will be monitoring the roads to make sure the city’s weekend warriors stay safe.

This is the busiest weekend of the year on the roads and double the number of police officers will be out patrolling the highways.

“To this day I am [shocked by the number of bad drivers]. They’ll come within inches of cars, speeding, drunk, then ask why you are pulling them over,” revealed OPP Cst. Greg Clee.

And at a safety blitz Friday morning, police took several unsafe vehicles off the road. 

“We had one [driver] that couldn’t even keep control of the [vehicle] it was so overloaded. These are things we’re looking for. We’re trying to solve a lot of the problems before they become a collision,” noted OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford.

His other advice for arriving at the cottage incident-free?

“Avoid the cellphones, texting, things like that. Stay completely focussed on your driving.”

And with the number of drownings and water-related accidents this summer, police are also monitoring the province’s waterways.

“The unfortunate tragedies of the August long weekend can serve as reminder to all of us that there are dangers associated with water and the use of a personal floatation device (PFD) can be the difference between life and death,” Chief Superintendent Mike Armstrong said in a written statement.

The campaign will run until Monday at midnight.