The O-P-P say they’ll be cracking down over the long weekend on drivers who fail to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles stopped at the side of the road. O-P-P say they’ve seen a steadily climbing number of charges each year for drivers who fail to move over as required by law. They say more than 24-hundred Move Over-related charges were laid last year, compared to just over two-thousand in 2015.
The Canadian Safe Boating Council says this long weekend is significant for Operation Dry Water, as boating-related deaths are up significantly across Canada this year. The initiative addresses no drinking while enjoying the waterways, and according to the Council’s Director the number of deaths had been trending down until this year. There have been 58 boating deaths nationally, compared to 38 by this point in 2016. The OPP is expected to have officers on the water in full force this weekend to spread the word about the risks involved in drinking and boating. Boaters caught breaking the law could lose their driver’s licenses for up to a year.
Some contractors working on Ottawa’s new O-Train Confederation Line have been charged with safety violations over the upkeep of the site. A memo to city council says various companies making up the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Constructors were charged, by the Ministry of Labour , with violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The memo says the charges relate to the observed upkeep of the worksite in January and concerns with the storage and disposal of equipment and materials. The contractors say they take the charges very seriously and intend to defend themselves in court.