OPP report on holiday weekend statistics

MANITOULIN–This year’s Canada Day Holiday Weekend kept officers busy from June 28 to July 1. During the weekend Manitoulin OPP was out in full force on our highways and waterways making sure everyone had a safe weekend. The following statistics were gathered and collected from the efforts of the officers over the weekend.

Eighty-three calls for service were responded to by Manitoulin OPP over the three day event. RIDE initiatives were conducted on our highways, waterways and trails across Manitoulin with a total of 558 vehicles, vessels and ATVs checked. As a result of these contacts the following charges were laid.

• 22 speeding charges
• 2 other moving violations charges
• 5 Liquor Licence Act charges (including waterway)
• 2 impaired driving charges
• 5 Small Vessel Act charges (no lifejacket)

Staff Sgt. Kevin Webb, Detachment Commander for the Manitoulin OPP, stated that “Manitoulin OPP are gearing up for a long and busy summer, I wanted to make sure that the first holiday weekend on the island went as safe as possible. I am happy to report that the weekend was uneventful. Officers were out being visible and making contact with the public. This in turn acts as a deterrent for those that may choose to break the law, plus it makes law abiding citizens feel safe.”

“I am extremely happy to report that the weekend went well with no tragic loss of life,” he continued. “Now that summer is just starting we won’t let up we will continue to be out there making our communities safe. I also want to thank all our officers that were out working this past weekend and making the effort they did as it paid off.”