Driver Stopped Twice Within 18 Minutes on the Bruce Peninsula 

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Bruce Peninsula Bruce Peninsula O.P.P. News

Media Release

(GREY BRUCE, ON) – Over the Victoria Day long weekend, one driver was stopped and charged for speeding twice within 18 minutes.

On May 19, 2024, at 4:24 p.m., members of the Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 6 in South Bruce Peninsula when they observed a Northbound motor vehicle exceeding the posted 80 km/hr speed limit. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver, a 31-year-old from Brampton was served provincial offences notice for speeding129 km/hr in a posted 80 km/hr zone.

On that same day at 4:42 p.m., another member of the Grey Bruce OPP was conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 6 in Northern Bruce Peninsula and observed the same vehicle exceeding the 80 km/hr speed limit. A traffic stop was conducted, and the same driver was served provincial offences notice for speeding 115 km/hr in a posted 80 km/hr zone.

The Grey Bruce OPP is asking all drivers to report dangerous driving behaviour by calling 911 and providing as much detail as possible of the driving complaint including make, model and licence plate of the vehicle, description of the driver and direction of travel. Let’s keep Ontario’s roads safe.

DRIVERS: KEEP AN EYE ON THE ROAD AND ROADSIDE

(GREY BRUCE, ON) – Ahead of another busy summer on highways and roads, the Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding drivers that paying attention to what’s happening on the roadside is just as important as keeping an eye on the road.

Ontario’s Move Over Law has been in place since 2003. It is the responsibility of all licensed motorists to be aware of this and all other traffic laws. Ontario’s Move Over law serves to protect police, other emergency services and tow truck personnel who are parked or stopped on the roadside to carry out their work. 

The law requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of a highway with its lights activated. If the highway has more than one lane, the law also requires the driver to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle if it can be done safely.

Ontario’s Move Over law carries a $490 to $2,000 fine plus three demerit points upon conviction. Subsequent offences carry a $1,000 to $4,000 fine, possible jail time of up to six months and suspension of your driver’s licence for up to two years.

Every year, hundreds of drivers ignore this law and deny police and other emergency personnel the safe space they need to carry out their duties on the roadside. 

Road users are reminded that these measures can go a long way towards making it a zero fatality/injury long weekend that has everyone getting to and from their destination safely!

SAFE BOATING WEEKEND 

(GREY BRUCE, ON) – The Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) want to remind all marine operators of the 5 things the Canada Safe Boating Council is looking at for the Safe Boating weekend.

1. Wear Your Lifejacket – Over 80% of Canadians who drown while boating were not wearing their lifejacket or not wearing it properly. There are so many choices for lifejackets / personal floatation devices on the market now, it is easy to pick one that suits your ‘boating style’ and is one that you are comfortable wearing all the time you are on the water.

2. Boat Sober – Whether it’s prescription drugs, alcohol or cannabis, the use of intoxicants is both irresponsible and illegal. In some provinces, being convicted of impaired operation will also affect your automobile license.

3. Take a Boating Course – If you are operating a powered recreational vessel, you should have your Pleasure Craft Operator Card or some other proof of competency. But that is just a start, so consider taking some advanced courses. If your boating preference tends towards paddle, this is the perfect time to enroll in some on water training. Or if you are just starting out, log onto https://safeboatingcourse.ca and start your boating in a paddle craft responsibly. The site is not a substitute for on water training, but it does provide a great first step in education about paddle craft.

4. Be Prepared, You and Your Vessel- Make sure you and your boat are up to your planned on-water activities. That means you are knowledgeable about your upcoming trip, your boat is properly equipped with the required and good to have safety equipment, the weather is suitable for the voyage, you have sufficient fuel and you have filed a trip plan. Plus, this is not all about you… it is important to keep in mind that by staying out of trouble you will not be putting pressure on rescue resources.

5. Be Cold Water Safe – Cold water can severely impact your ability to swim or even just stay afloat. Even the best swimmers will feel the effects of a sudden cold-water immersion. No matter your swimming ability, best chance of surviving an accidental cold-water immersion is to wear your lifejacket!

Sergeant Derek Zehr summarizes the above with, “The Grey Bruce OPP are reminding folks to prioritize safety on the water this weekend. Cold water can severely and negatively impact your abilities so be sure to wear a life jacket, practice sober boating and ensure you, your vessel and passengers are prepared for your on-water activities. It is also a requirement to have your Pleasure Craft Operator Card or equal proof of competency with you when operating a powered vessel so take a boating course and practice safe boating this season!”