According to OPP a total of eight were killed on Ontario highways during May 24 weekend while a number of others drowned in cottage country and then there are the two back-to-back murders of young Bolton men in Wasaga Beach (that police say are unrelated).
OPP laid 40 impaired driving charges against a host of clowns many of them heading to cottage country. As well an elderly woman was killed by a motorcycle that slammed into her in Caledon. And, our provincial police probed numerous costly collisions to keep them busy. Last Victoria Day, eight were killed on our highways. No matter how many times the motoring public is urged by the OPP to stay safe over long weekends they still ticket their share of careless speeders, drivers texting, morons towing unsafe trailers and more.
Any start to a long weekend is like a red flag to a bull. Drivers are cranky, vehicles are packed to the brim, motorists are tail gating and a few wobbly pops are being consumed. The ideal mix for a perfect storm racing up the 400 to Wasaga, Honey Harbour, Muskoka, Bala and beyond. Even with the OPP out in full force nabbing hot rodders, texting drivers, those on cell phones, not using seat belts, et al there are always crashes and fatalities.
They are still amazed at the careless driving they see. Just ask Sgt. Kerry Schmidt at what goes through his mind on a daily basis….he has seen it all and more and shares that information with the media on a regular basis. Terry is the go to road ranger for up to date information, we’ve come to see him as the OPP of the Year when it comes to putting the OPP’s best foot forward. So if you plan to drive to your cottage beware OPP will be out in their black and whites, plain wrappers and fixed winged aircraft…..so there is no reason to speed, nadda…your cottage and lake will be there when you get there …then you can sit on the deck and pop a cold one.