(SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION, ON)- On Friday October 26, 2018, members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment and OPP Provincial Liaison Team (PLT) would like to advise the motoring public of a traffic slowdown Highway 17 within the Territory of Serpent River First Nation.
Serpent River First Nation Youth have planned a traffic slowdown from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Highway 17 near the Serpent River Trading Post. The demonstration is to call attention to the traffic safety issue on Highway 17 as it pertains to the motoring public not being cognizant or respectful of the reduced speed limit of 70 km/hr zone through their community.
OPP will have two cruisers with their lights activated that will be positioned 100 metres on west and east sides of the demonstration site to ensure traffic does slow down as it moves through the area.
Pylons will be used to make a safety zone in the centre of Highway 17 where volunteers will hand out informational pamphlets to motorists.
Adjacent shoulder areas of Highway 17 will have pylons and will be designated as a supporter area.
The Serpent River First Nation Fire truck and Public Works vehicles will also be assisting within the demonstration zone.
Parking for supporters and the staging area will be at Serpent River Trading Post.
The Ontario Provincial Police would like remind motorists travelling through the area to plan ahead, expect delays and to be vigilant.
Drivers are asked to give their full attention to driving safely and to obey the rules of the road.
Pedestrians are reminded that they need to be fully aware, at all times, of the movement of vehicles in their vicinity.