Ottawa police ramping up enforcement for long weekend

<p> Ottawa Police will be keeping an eye on the roads, waterways, and busy areas this long weekend.</p> <p> On the water, police will be looking for those drinking and boating as part of operation dry water.</p> <p> Const. Danny Cyr says the enforcement happens annually over the long weekend in the capital and across the country to promote sober boating.</p> <p> In Ontario, operating a boat while impaired is an offense under the criminal code of Canada. If caught a driver could face a charge under the Highway Traffic Act.</p> <p> There is also zero tolerance for open alcohol on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. If caught with open alcohol, the driver of the boat could face a $175 fine.</p> <p> Police will also be doing a safety blitz in the ByWard Market and near Montreal Rd. &nbsp;</p> <p> As part of their ongoing community safety initiatives this summer, police will be conducting enforcement activities in the two popular districts.</p> <p> Officers will conduct walk-throughs of several local bars to conduct compliance checks.</p> <p> Supt. Mark Ford says “the foot patrol-based enforcement initiatives are aimed at disruptive and illegal behaviours in key areas of the city.”</p> <p> So far this summer, 246 provincial offense notices and warnings have been issued for offenses like open alcohol, smoking marijuana and public intoxication.</p> <p> As for roads – OPP and Ottawa police will be out looking for aggressive drivers.</p> <p> OPP say they will focus on those failing to move over for emergency vehicles.</p>