The Napanee Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has noted a recent marked increase in the number and frequency of traffic complaints and safety concerns on Amherst Island. Reported incidents have included speeding, disobeying traffic controllers in work zones and other unsafe driving behaviours. In many cases, the incidents have involved motorists and construction areas.
“We understand and appreciate that there is a heightened level of frustration and that island residents are experiencing a great deal of disruption to their normal routines”, said Acting Inspector Nancy Graves, the interim detachment commander of the Napanee Detachment. “We also appreciate the challenges faced by the construction and traffic control contractors in mitigating or minimizing those disruptions to the greatest extent possible. We believe a mutual understanding of the challenges faced by both parties is the key to ensuring the safe and orderly flow of traffic on the island.”
The roadways on Amherst Island form part of the county and provincial highway network. As such, they are governed by Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act and its regulations. “The rules of the road apply just as they do on the mainland. We all share a responsibility to follow the rules of the road and to ensure other drivers, workers, pedestrians and anyone else on Ontario’s roadways are safe,” said the OPP in a press release on February 16th.
The OPP is asking that the public call the OPP if they witness an unsafe traffic situation on Amherst Island. In the case of an emergency, the public is asked to call 911. If the issue is non-urgent, they are advised to call 1-888-310-1122.