THUNDER BAY – LIVING – With the long weekend and good weather ahead members of your local OPP detachment encourage drivers to stay alert and make wise choices while traveling.
The Ontario Provincial Police have a message for drivers, not only for the long weekend, but for all times on the road:
“Drive safe – aggressive driving habits such as speeding, following to close or unsafe passing can lead to tragedy on our highways.
“Buckle up – it’s a proven fact “seatbelts save lives”, this includes drivers, passengers and child restraint systems such as car seats and booster seats.
“Just Drive – drivers are encouraged to keep your thumbs on the wheel. Distractions such as cell phones, changing radio stations, eating while driving can take your attention off the roadway just long enough to cause a collision. Drivers are also reminded that those caught using a hand-held device will face a set fine of $400 plus a victim surcharge and court fees for a total of $490, as well as three demerit points.
“Stay Sober – there is no excuse for drinking and driving. Walk, take a cab or arrange for a designated driver.
“Keeping highways safe is a community effort – we know you will be out there
“So will we – Drive safe – stay alert – stay sober!”