The Lake of Bays Township has received multiple complaints about speeding and reckless driving of recreational vehicles on South Portage Road near the public dock. The latest complaint from a concerned citizen came Saturday, November 7th, 2022, in relation to vehicles driving at excessive speeds east from the North Portage Road/South Portage Road intersection. In a separate incident, a Lake of Bays resident observed recreational vehicle tire tracks and torn-up grass left behind on Township property at 1012 Dwight Beach Road.
Central Region OPP Sgt. Robert Simpson reminds residents and visitors that “Engaging in this type of behaviour can result in charges under the Provincial Offenses Act, or if the circumstances warrant, you could be charged criminally. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please drive safe.”
According to Ontario data, the risk of a fatality or serious injury during a collision is almost eight times greater on roads with a posted limit of 60 km/h or less, when a vehicle is driving 50 km/h or more above the posted limit. With 81 fatalities last year, speed-related accidents on Ontario’s roads reached a 10-year high.
The Highway Traffic Act is enforced by the Ontario Provincial Police. Speeding violations and dangerous driving behaviour in Lake of Bays should be reported directly to the Huntsville OPP Detachment. Concerned Lake of Bays citizens and visitors can report a crime to the Huntsville OPP by contacting 705-789-5551 or through the OPP Provincial Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122.