Safety First This Holiday Weekend
(ESSEX, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding all area motorists, boaters, and citizens about the importance of putting Safety First in everything they do this holiday weekend. The OPP will be vigilant on highways, waterways, trails and other areas to assist in ensuring all citizens have a safe and survivable Canada Day weekend.
Road Safety: Obey all the rules. Always drive sober and refreshed. Don’t use a cell phone or text people while driving. Always wear your seat belt. Plan extra time to allow for heavy traffic volumes and also plan alternate routes in the event you find yourself stuck in traffic.
Boat Safety: Obey all the rules. Operate in a sober and safe manner. Always wear your lifejacket or personal floatation device (PFD) when in the boat and while the vessel is underway.
Water Safety: Always swim sober and with a buddy. If you’re not an accomplished swimmer or new to open water, always wear a lifejacket or PFD. Never swim in rough water as there is often an associated under-tow. Always make sure children are watched at all times when at/near open water or back yard pools.
Trail Safety: Obey all the rules and ensure you are wearing a helmet. Never operate and off road vehicle (ORV) while impaired or tired. Never take unnecessary risks.
Weather Safety: Always keep an eye-on-the-sky and an ear to the media. Never venture out on land or water during weather events. Know the safety procedures if caught in the open.
Statistically someone will die this holiday weekend. Last year 3 people died on area highways. The OPP is hoping for no injury or death on Ontario highways and needs the voluntary compliance of all Ontarians to achieve an injury/death free Holiday weekend.
Not thinking about safety first and becoming complacent about it, is lethal.
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