OPP maritime unit lays 21 charges in a weekend

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PRESS RELEASE
PROVINCIAL ONTARIO POLICE
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WASAGA BEACH – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Joint Maritime Unit Huronia West / Collingwood has been fully deployed for the summer with a focus on education, high visibility and enforcement of the law.

Over the weekend of July 16-18, 2021, officers spent 29 hours patrolling the water and were able to be proactive at several locations including Allenwood Beach, New Wasaga Beach, Nottawasaga River, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park (ranges 1-6), Sunset Point (Collingwood), Collingwood Harbor, Northwinds Beach (Town of Blue Mountains), Craigleith Provincial Park (Town of Blue Mountains) and Thornbury Harbor.

Forty-six vessels were inspected and numerous warnings were issued for various infractions.

During this period, 21 marine related charges were laid under various provincial and federal statutes, including the Canada Shipping Act, the Liquor License Act, and the Provincial Parks and Reserves Act. conservation. These fees included:

  • Not have a personal flotation device (PFD)
  • Driving a prohibited vessel
  • Drive a vessel above the specified maximum speed
  • No observer on board during towing
  • Open liquor
  • Be in a vessel restriction zone

The Huronia West / Collingwood OPP Joint Maritime Unit will continue to be committed to safety on our waterways for the remainder of the season through education, personal relationships, high visibility and enforcement. of the law.

Learn more about vessel requirements with Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide: https://tc.canada.ca/sites/default/files/migrated/tp_511e.pdf

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