Influx of cottage country impaired driving charges laid, but everyone had a local address

"however, the first long weekend of the season does tend to be a little more quiet"

Barrie 360’s inbox saw a few extra impaired driving charges laid throughout Muskoka over the weekend. Considering it was the May 2-4 weekend, one may assume the influx was due to an increase of daytrippers to the region. However, all the charges laid were on folks from Muskoka.

Constable Samantha Bigley of Bracebridge OPP detachment tells Barrie 360 the highways were quite busy over the long weekend, “however, the first long weekend of the season does tend to be a little more quiet than other summertime long weekends as far as calls to police.”

She points out the impaired driving charges only represent some of the infractions noted over the long weekend; officers were out conducting enforcement consistently and participating in RIDE checks throughout, with many traffic-related tickets handed out.

Around 11:30 Saturday morning, Bracebridge OPP were conducting a RIDE check on Highway 11 at Highway 118 in Bracebridge, when a 27-year-old Bracebridge man was charged with drug-impaired driving, along with cocaine possession.

About two hours later, a 50-year-old man, also from Bracebridge, was charged with drunk driving, after motorists called OPP to complain about some sketchy driving behaviour.

Just after 9:30 Saturday night, reports of a man acting strangely, crawling around on the ground, brought officers out to a Gravenhurst location. Once officers arrived, it was discovered a vehicle was involved in this, and have since charged a 51-year-old Gravenhurst man with drunk driving.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, a single-vehicle collision on Santa’s Village Road in Bracebridge brought out the OPP. A 28-year-old man from Bracebridge was charged with drunk driving not long after police started probing the cause of the crash.

A single-vehicle crash on Highway 141 near Dee Bank Road in Muskoka Lakes just seven hours later resulted in a charge of drunk driving as well; a 57-year-old Muskoka Lakes man will be in Bracebridge court in early July.

The OPP is reminding drivers that no amount of alcohol or drugs in your system is safe when operating a motor vehicle.