OPP report four long-weekend deaths, charges laid in two campaigns against hundreds

August 3, 2016 by

OPPMarineThe OPP report that four people died in separate incidents over the long weekend.

One died in a road accident, one was killed in a boating accident, another was a cyclist hit while riding, and an ATV accident claimed the life of another. None were reported in the immediate Lake 88 listening area.

These tragic losses were part of a busy August Long Weekend for the OPP, as they investigated four traffic and marine-related deaths, conducted their "Slow Down, Move Over" campaign and partnered with the Canadian Safe Boating Council for the annual "Operation Dry Water" impaired boating campaign.

Despite a warning being issued for the “Slow Down, Move Over campaign,” the OPP charged more than 450 drivers for failing to slow down or move over for emergency vehicles and tow trucks parked on the roadside.

The law is intended to provide greater safety for emergency personnel who must work on the roadside, often in busy traffic conditions.

Operation Dry Water saw marine officers checking boats on various waterways throughout the province, promoting safe and sober boating.  During the campaign, officers laid more than 180 alcohol and other marine-related charges.

That campaign was also carried out in Smiths Falls though numbers have yet to be released.