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OPP kept busy patrolling area trails over the weekend

From March 4 to 5, the officers checked 54 sleds and conducted 4 breath alcohol test in the Tiny Township and Penetanguishene area
Approved screening device test.

Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment and of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were out on the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails in the Tiny Township and Penetanguishene area over the March 4 -5 weekend checking snowmobile operators for incidents of impairment, equipment and trespassing.

Through the 100 km of patrol and numerous RIDE check locations by these officers, the following trailside investigations were conducted.

Officers conducted RIDE on the trails during their patrol time, looking for signs of impairment, checking 54 sleds and conducting four approved screening device tests resulting in one three-day ADLS driver's licence suspension.

Trailside investigations over the weekend led to the issuance of provincial offence notices to several operators for the following offences:

  • Failing to display registration numbers
  • Failing to produce insurance
  • Failing to produce registration

Officers also issued three provincial offence warnings (mostly for machine validation stickers), which are documented for future reference by the snowmobile patrol officers.

Involved patrol officers were happy to report that no snowmobile-related crashes on trails in North Simcoe were reported.   

OPP patrol officers remind snowmobilers that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails and ice surfaces through community partnerships through which we promote safe driving practices. All ice surfaces should be treated with respect, and remember, "No Ice Is Safe Ice;" please head out with a fully charged cell phone, preferably with a location-type app loaded such as What3Words, google maps or the trail guide to assist emergency services to locate you should you need help.