Car strikes business in PetawawaOn the morning of April 23 members of the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single-vehicle collision in a parking lot on Petawawa Boulevard in the Town of Petawawa. The involved vehicle struck a bank resulting in significant damage to the business. No one in the bank was injured and the driver of the vehicle, a 22 year-old female from Petawawa, was also uninjured. No charges were laid and the cause of the collision was a result of pedal misapplication by the driver.OPP remind cyclists and motorists about road safetyWith warmer weather on the way and more cyclists taking to the streets, the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the OPP is reminding cyclists that they must stay alert and follow the rules of the road.Cyclists are required to share the road with other vehicles. Bicycles should always ride with traffic, stay as far right as possible and use hand signals to alert others to your intended actions. Bicycles should have sounding devices attached and and proper lighting for riding at night.The most important piece of safety equipment you need is an approved and properly fitted helmet. The law requires everyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet but for safety reasons, the OPP recommend that all cyclists wear helmets at all times. Cyclists are also reminded to be aware of local bylaws regarding riding on the sidewalk as this may not be permitted in your municipality.Motorists also have a role to play in cycling safety.• Drivers must leave a minimum of one-metre distance when passing a cyclist. The penalty, if convicted under the Highway Traffic Act, is a fine of $110.• Dooring – The penalty under the Highway Traffic Act for improper opening of a vehicle door (driver or passenger), is $365 if convicted.Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officers will be visible with proactive patrols and enforcement to ensure all road users stay alert and stay safe at all times.For further information related to cycling laws and safety, please visit the following link:http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/bicycle-safety.shtmlEaster long weekend seatbelt campaign wraps up – Upper Ottawa Valley OPP resultsThe Upper Ottawa Valley OPP detachment recently wrapped up its Easter long weekend spring seat belt campaign which started on April 19 and concluded on April 22. Over the course of the campaign officers conducted targeted enforcement looking for motorists who were not obeying seatbelt laws. As a result Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officers laid five seatbelt charges the long weekend.Although seatbelt use was the main traffic focus of the weekend officers also conducted enforcement and education activities associated with negative driving behaviours including distracted driving, impaired driving and aggressive driving in order to reduce the amount of motor vehicle collisions, injuries and deaths on OPP patrolled highways. In addition to the seatbelt offences, officers laid one charge of impaired driving by drug under the Criminal Code along with 48 speeding charges, four stunt driving charges, eight hazardous moving violations and three distracted driving charges under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) during the four-day campaign.Unnecessary NoiseThe Renfrew OPP detachment would like to remind vehicle drivers of the requirements and laws surrounding mufflers and unnecessary noise.As the warmer weather approaches we see an increase in traffic and vehicles on the road. It is important to know the laws and as a driver be responsible in following them.The Highway Traffic Act outlines what is required for vehicles with regards to mufflers and unnecessary noise. The vehicle driver can be charged under the HTA for not following such laws.The Highway Traffic Act (HTA) specifically addresses mufflers:Every motor vehicle or motor assisted bicycle shall be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise and excessive smoke and no person shall use a muffler cut-out, straight exhaust, gutted muffler, Hollywood muffler, bypass or similar device upon a motor vehicle or motor assisted bicycle.There is also reference to unnecessary noise: A person having the control or charge of a motor vehicle shall not sound any bell, horn or other signalling device so as to make an unreasonable noise and a driver of any motor vehicle shall not permit any unreasonable amount of smoke to escape from the motor vehicle, nor shall the driver at any time cause the motor vehicle to make any unnecessary noise, but this subsection does not apply to a motor vehicle of a municipal fire department while proceeding to a fire or answering a fire alarm call.Drivers are encouraged to make themselves aware of the rules of the road.