OPP issue safety warning for seasonal winter roads

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PICKLE LAKE, ONT., —Members of the Pickle Lake Ontario Provincial Police detachment would like to remind drivers that rules still apply on seasonal ice roads.

OPP, Mishkeegogamang First Nation and Nishnawbe Aski Police Service have observed numerous dangerous driving practices on the roads in and around their communities, according to a news release issued this week.

Police are reminding drivers using these roadways that all driving restrictions set out in the Highway Traffic Act and Criminal Code still apply.

In response, officers will be focusing enforcement efforts on traffic safety. Commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle traffic need to be following speed limits and ensure vehicles are well maintained, OPP said.

If drivers are caught driving in an unsafe manner, drivers could be fined, sent to jail, have their licence suspended and have their vehicle impounded.

The public is encouraged to contact the OPP at 1-800-310-1122 if they observe a driver operating a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner.

Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source