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Spring traffic safety warning from OPP

Spring is here which is when more motorcyclists get out on the road. The OPP ask both motorcyclists and drivers of cars and trucks avoid the temptation to speed just because there is less traffic now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Police are still watching for
Spring is here which is when more motorcyclists get out on the road. The OPP ask both motorcyclists and drivers of cars and trucks avoid the temptation to speed just because there is less traffic now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Police are still watching for "speed racers" and other types of dangerous driving.
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The lack of traffic on highways and roads now has inspired some drivers to treat them as race tracks.

OPP in Prescott-Russell and other parts of Ontario have had frequent cases of “speed racing” incidents to deal with this spring during the COVID-19 pandemic. As most Ontarians obey the provincial government’s demand to avoid needless travel, a few drivers are taking advantage of the almost-empty highways and roads to ignore the posted speed limit.

Bill Dickson, OPP media liaison for the Eastern Ontario region, noted that there has not been a significant increase yet in the number of “speed racing” incidents, where drivers are caught going 50 kilometres or more above the posted speed limit. But the culprits are easier to spot now and also easier to catch because there is little traffic between them and pursuing police patrol cars.

Drivers are reminded that OPP traffic control patrols are still on the road to deal with dangerous driving and other serious offences. Also with the spring weather, more motorcyclists are appearing on the roads and they are also reminded to obey the posted speed limits.

The OPP also warn motorcyclists to be careful with their lane changes and traffic mergers and also be careful when following behind any large commercial transports. Also OPP ask motorcyclists to limit their night-time travelling as motorcycles are not as visible on the road as a car or pickup truck.