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Long weekend traffic alert: OPP keeping tabs on Ontario drivers

The first long weekend of the summer is just hours away, and the Ontario Provincial Police are getting ready to keep a close eye on the trails, lakes, rivers and highways of northern Ontario.

Officers across northern Ontario will be focusing on stopping people riding motorcyles and ATVs

OPP will be monitoring the heavy highway traffic as northerners head off to the cottage or the campground.

The first long weekend of the summer is just hours away, and the Ontario Provincial Police are getting ready to keep a close eye on the trails, lakes, rivers and highways of northeastern Ontario.

Acting Sergeant Renee Taylor says officers will be specifically targeting people riding motorcycles and ATVs this Victoria Day weekend.

But they will also be closely monitoring the heavy highway traffic as northerners head off to the cottage or the campground.

"We look forward to being out and being visible and we just want everyone to enjoy their long weekend and be safe at the same time."

In northeastern Ontario, typically the busiest roads on the long weekend are Highway 17 heading west from Sudbury toward Manitoulin Island and Highway 69 going south into the Muskokas. (CBC)

The 'Big 4'

Typically the busiest roads on Victoria Day weekend are Highway 17, heading west from Sudbury toward Manitoulin Island and Highway 69 going south into the Muskokas.

Taylor said this is often the first weekend that motorbikes and quads make it out of the garage — and police are keeping watch.

"We just want to make sure they assure that their motorcycles are safe to get out on the roadways," she said.

"The major concerns in these areas are wearing your helmet and making sure that motorcycles and automobiles share the roadway."

Not wearing a helmet and going too fast are consistently the leading causes of death for ATV and motorcycle riders, Taylor said.

For cars, OPP watch out for what they call the big four: impaired driving, careless driving, distracted driving and not wearing your seatbelt, she added.

With files from Erik White. Edited/packaged by Wendy Bird.