Long weekend warning

WELLINGTON CTY. – May 16 to 23 is Canada Road Safety Week, a national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

OPP Constable Mark Cloes said that that time was chosen because it is the first summer long weekend. More people are traveling and traffic collisions are more frequent. Throughout Wellington, police vehicles will be stationed at key locations to remind people safe driving habits save lives and reduce injuries on the roads.

The focus during Canada Road Safety Week will be reducing risky behavior of drivers, passengers, and other road users. Police will target aggressive drivers, focusing on speeding, following too closely, unsafe lane changes, stop sign and traffic light offences as well. Officers will also target drivers who drink and drive; and ensuring sober and alert driving and seat belt use. All enforcement agencies across the country have been invited to participate.

“It’s time to remind all drivers and passengers throughout the County of Wellington, to make a conscious decision about safety whenever they get into a car or behind the wheel. Refrain from drinking and driving; securing the seatbelts of all occupants and pay attention to the road at all times” said Wellington County OPP Inspector Scott Smith. “Our officers are committed to traffic safety and involvement in this initiative is essential to achieve safer streets and highways.”