OPP remind cyclists and motorists about road safety
With warmer weather on the way and more cyclists taking to the streets, the Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding cyclists that they must stay alert and follow the rules of the road.
Cyclists are required to share the road with other vehicles. Bicycles should always ride with traffic, stay as far right as possible and use hand signals to alert others to your intended actions. Your bicycle should have a sounding device attached and if you are riding at night proper lighting is required.
The most important piece of safety equipment you need is an approved and properly fitted helmet. The law requires everyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet but for safety reasons, the OPP recommends that all cyclists wear helmets at all times. Cyclists are also reminded to be aware of local bylaws regarding riding on the sidewalk as this may not be permitted in your municipality.
Motorists also have a role to play in cycling safety.
- Drivers must leave a minimum of one-metre distance when passing a cyclist. The penalty, if convicted under the Highway Traffic Act, is a fine of $110.
- Dooring- The penalty under the Highway Traffic Act for improper opening of a vehicle door (driver or passenger), is $365 if convicted.
The Grenville County OPP officers will be visible with proactive patrols and enforcement to ensure all road users stay alert and stay safe at all times.
For further information related to cycling laws and safety, please visit the following link:
The OPP Easter Weekend Traffic Initiative
The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were busy making our highways safer over the Long Easter Weekend. Grenville County OPP laid 372 Provincial Offence Act tickets during this OPP campaign. The OPP Easter weekend traffic Initiative yielded numerous charges, including: 307 speeding charges; 3 stunt driving charges; 8 seatbelt charges; 2 warn suspensions; and 52 other Highway Traffic Act and Liquor Licence Act charges.
Due to the dedication of the Grenville County officers, there were no reports of fatalities or serious motor vehicle collisions. This is a true testament to the commitment our Officers have to the public safety.
We remind the motoring public that speeding, seatbelts, and distracting driving are primary factors in motor vehicle collisions resulting in injuries and or death. Slow down, buckle up, and keep your eyes on the road, and you and your family will arrive alive.
If you see dangerous driving or suspect a driver of being impaired, call 9-1-1 immediately. You could be helping to save lives.