Exporting Bad Behavior
By Peter Jackson
Another unofficial start to summer has gone by with its share of tragedy, near-tragedy and just plain stupidity on our roads and waterways, and I'm fed up.
We welcome people from outside the area to enjoy all the amazing sights and activities that midwestern and central Ontario have to offer.
But -- there's a limit when many of our lives are literally put in danger.
The Victoria Day long weekend saw OPP and municipal police services across the region putting in mega-overtime to deal with all this foolishness.
Increased investigations for racing, dangerous driving, impaired driving and drunk boating are added to the load of incidents that police usually have to deal with daily.
The stretch of Highway 6 through the Bruce Peninsula has become notorious for its high number of tragic, high-speed collisions.
It's added now to the 400 series highways -- especially Highway 400 from Toronto to Cottage Country -- that on holiday weekends could almost be mistaken for an action sequence in a "Mad Max" movie.
Add distracted driving, road rage and impatience to the mix, and you get the picture.
I don't intend to profile the alleged offenders, but it's curious to me that many seem to come from larger urban areas where daily driving can be a risky business at the best of times.
Most of these folks I'm sure are nice people, but it's inexcusable that they export their bad driving habits to our areas.
Tourist destinations are wonderful places in the summer -- I live in one -- and we welcome everyone to enjoy all we have to offer.
Just please slow down, pay attention and reduce the risk to all of us while you're on your weekend or vacation getaway from the asphalt jungle, so you can tell the grandkids about it one day.