Thousands of tickets issued to Ontario drivers
Ontario Provincial Police laid thousands of charges against speeding motorists, impaired drivers and those not wearing their seatbelts during the Victoria Day weekend.
While the force is shying away from calling their campaign a "blitz," as in years past, officers across the province were out in full force cracking down on dangerous drivers.
The initiative is aimed at ensuring safety on Ontario's roadways, but OPP Sgt. Cam Woolley said some drivers are still not getting the message.
Officers dealt with their fair share of speeders and intoxicated motorists, Woolley said Monday. A number of unsafe vehicles were also pulled off the roads, while tickets were issued for those not buckled up.
At least two people died in separate car accidents on the weekend, and three deaths were reported on the waterways.
Two minivans collided head-on Monday on Highway 7, east of Highway 37, near Kaladar, about 80 kilometres northeast of Belleville. Police said one person was killed and four others were injured in the collision. No names have been released.
In a separate incident, a 33-year-old man was killed in early-morning single-vehicle crash north of Springmount, near Owen Sound.
Police say James Vanderwal of Shallow Lake, Ont., was driving on Highway 6 at about 12:20 a.m. when his car left the roadway and rolled several times. Vanderwal was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Two people died in two separate mishaps on the water in northwestern Ontario.
A woman's body was pulled from Lake Superior, off Mink Island near Thunder Bay, late Saturday night. She had gone out in a canoe and had been reported missing.
In another incident, a 68-year-old man was found dead near Nakina, about 320 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, after his boat capsized in Lucy Lake at about midnight Friday.
While there was a heavy police presence on the 400-series highways, campers and cottagers returning to Toronto were met with spot-checks within city boundaries.
Toronto police set up the RIDE checks after dealing with an unusually high number of impaired drivers over the weekend.
With files from The Canadian Press