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Police issue long weekend safety reminder

Police in Toronto and Hamilton are reminding those heading to the water this long weekend to keep safety in mind.

This year has been one of the hottest summers on record and police say it has also been a record-breaking year for drowning across the province.

Those planning to be in or near the water this Labour Day weekend are being asked to always wear a life jacket or personal floatation device (PFD).

According to the Royal Lifesaving Society, there have been more than 80 drowning fatalities this year. Police say most of these deaths were preventable.

Drivers are also being reminded to stay safe on the roadways.

Police say they will be focusing their attention on high-risk driving behaviours this weekend, including impaired driving, speeding and stunt driving.

Hamilton police say that from Jan. 1 to July 31, they made 323 alcohol-related driving arrests.