(RONDEAU, ON) – With the Victoria Day Long Weekend quickly approaching, the OPP is reminding the public of the alcohol ban in effect at Rondeau and Wheatley Provincial Parks. The ban began on May 12 and will continue through to May 21, inclusive.
Chatham-Kent OPP and Ontario Parks officials are enforcing a zero tolerance policy for those who are caught with alcohol. Anyone found with alcohol within the parks may face charges under the Liquor Licence Act, Trespass to Property Act, or Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, and a park eviction, without being able to re-enter any provincial park for 72 hours.
“The Ontario Provincial Police will be using all available resources, including our aircraft and personnel, over the Victoria Day weekend to crack down on aggressive and distracted drivers, those who drink and drive, and those who fail to buckle up, on both our highways and in our provincial parks,” said Chatham-Kent detachment commander Staff Sergeant Dean Croker.
The registered renter of a campsite in a provincial park is liable for any violations which occur on that site, regardless of whether they are occupying it or not. Park wardens have the same authority as the OPP to lay charges while working within the park.