Weekend snowmobile enforcement results in impaired charge

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Marine, Dive and Trails (MDT) Section was out and about this past weekend (Feb. 1, 2) to ensure the safety of all those enjoying the outdoors on their snowmobiles.

“Over the weekend, MDT officers monitored trails in the east and west end of the city and issued 42 provincial offence notices (PONs) for Highway Traffic Act offences, seven Part III notices for offences such as driving while suspended, no insurance and speeding,” the OPS released in a statement today (Feb. 3). “Saturday evening, MDT officers also conducted a RIDE in the east end, and one person was charged with impaired operation of a conveyance.”

“Impaired driving can lead to catastrophic and traumatic events,” Staff Sgt. Marc-André Sheehy said. “If you have information about an impaired driver—either by drugs or alcohol—please call 911. We want everyone to enjoy the winter season safely.”

The MDT Section will keep patrolling on and around the trails, considering that many trails have yet to open this season. If a trail is closed, remember the Trespass to Property Act applies. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.