Ice Safety Warning Issued

Friday February 26th, 2021

Posted at 9:52am

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OPP are warning snowmobilers to stay off frozen waterways.

Essex County OOP report that they have recently received two separate calls from concerned citizens believing that a snowmobile or off road vehicle operator may have gone through the ice. Police patrolled with the assistance of Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) and determined there was no evidence of anyone in distress.

Police say that approximately 40% of  OPP investigated fatal snowmobile incidents in the last ten years have occurred on lakes and rivers. Excessive speed, driving too fast for the conditions and alcohol/drugs are other top contributing factors in snowmobile deaths.

Snowmobilers are reminded that Mandatory Alcohol Screening authorizes officers to demand a breath test from snowmobile operators without requiring suspicion that they have consumed alcohol.

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