The Grey-Bruce OPP detachment has increased traffic enforcement on area highways in an effort to curb incidents of speeding and dangerous driving.
On July-long weekend, the Grey-Bruce OPP detachment conducted proactive traffic enforcement on Highway 10 in Grey Highlands.
Over the course of the three days, OPP officers performed 73 vehicle stops and issued 62 provincial offences.
“There were a number of warnings issued as well, as officers do have discretion to issue warnings,” said Grey-Bruce OPP detachment commander Debra Anderson. “We're really trying to increase the safety on Highway 10 in particular.”
Earlier this year, the municipality of Grey Highlands committed to acquiring additional paid traffic duties from the Grey-Bruce OPP for two, three-day weekends in the summer.
The two extra weekends of additional police service cost the municipality $10,200, which was drawn from the Grey Highlands Police Reserve.
The paid traffic duties are in addition to the detachment’s regular patrols and provide officers with additional time to conduct proactive enforcement.
“Officers are expected to do proactive work when they're not answering calls. But with the increased calls for service during the summer months, the amount of time that they can do proactive work is greatly reduced. So, it is very much appreciated that they have this opportunity,” explained Anderson.
Anderson noted that the local detachment has also been working with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) in regards to safety issues on Highway 6 and 10.
“MTO has posted highway safety messaging signs -- both southbound and northbound on Highway 10 -- just trying to drive that message home and improve the safety there,” she said.
The signs advise drivers of the repercussions of stunt driving and racing charges, including minimum fines, the length of vehicle impounds and license suspensions.
The sign also has the ability to show the number of stunt driving charged that have been laid in the province this year.
“It's an eye-catching sign that's meant to remind people about speed and to slow down and just what the consequences are. That's the purpose of the sign; it's been rather effective on Highway 6 heading up the Bruce Peninsula,” Anderson explained.
Grey-Bruce OPP officers are expected to be back on patrol on Grey Highlands highways during the August-long weekend.
Jennifer Golletz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, CollingwoodToday.ca