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Expect police presence on roads and waterways this long weekend

Throughout the summer, Ottawa Police’s Operation Overwatch has been targeting speeders, stunt driver and street racers.
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Ottawa Police Service vehicle, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

While out on the road this weekend, Ottawa Police and the Marine Unit want drivers and boaters to know that they’ll be enforcing the rules of the road and waterways this long weekend. 

“Traffic is always heavier on the long weekends, as people travel to their cottages,” said Sgt. Peter McKenna from the OPS traffic unit. “The summer weather means people will be enjoying the water. Whether you are riding, driving, walking, swimming or boating, we want everyone to be safe.”

Throughout the summer, Ottawa Police’s Operation Overwatch has been targeting speeders, stunt driver and street racers.

Operation #NoiseMaker focuses on aggressive driving and riding, excessive speeds and unnecessary noise.

“Speeding puts everyone at risk,” McKenna said. “Ideally, we want drivers to change their behaviour because it’s the safe thing to do, but when they don’t, there will be consequences.”

The Marine Unit will also be out stopping vessels who speed, have drivers who are impaired and making sure boats have the proper safety equipment.

So far this summer, the Marine Unit have laid three impaired driving charges and three three-day suspensions.

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