Coronavirus: Increased police patrols on long weekend in Peterborough and the Kawarthas

Peterborough County OPP will deploy an extra two officers per shift to deal with Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) calls this Victoria Day long weekend as the coronavirus crisis continues.

That’s in addition to highway patrols that greet cottage country traffic on holiday long weekends throughout the summer season.

“Just because certain businesses are reopening, it doesn’t mean any of the health recommendations have changed,” said Const. Joe Ayotte.  “All those recommendations are still in place, and we will be enforcing all of them under the acts for COVID-19.  We have extra officers, who are being brought in, specifically for those cases.”

Ayotte said there will be additional patrols on the roads, trails and lakes this long weekend.

It’s Canada Road Safety Week, and Peterborough County OPP have already been quite busy dealing with Highway Traffic Act (HTA) violations.

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On Wednesday, police observed approximately 80 infractions in the Peterborough area, about half of those were on Highway 115.

All EMCPA-related incidents should be reported to police by calling the non-emergency line at 705-876-1122.

Traffic complaints to Peterborough Police are up by 95 per cent.

“Our officers will be patrolling local streets looking for traffic offences including impaired driving and speeding,” said Gilchrist.

In a video posted to the Peterborough Police Service’s Facebook page, Const. Matt McGill with the traffic unit said the service has received several complaints about off-road vehicles being driven on the roads in Cavan Monaghan Township, specifically in the downtown core of the village of Millbrook.

Officers dedicated to Cavan Monaghan patrols, as well as traffic unit officers, will be targeting off-road vehicles travelling on the roadways in the township.

“The bottom line is there is not currently a bylaw that allows off-road vehicles to be on the roads.  To be clear, off-road vehicles are not allowed on the roadways in Cavan Monaghan Township,” he said.  “If stopped on a roadway, you can receive a fine of $110 or other infractions that might exist under the HTA or the Off-Road Vehicle Act.”

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