Media Release. Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Summer Safety

(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service would like to congratulate everyone for completing what has been a very challenging school year!
With just a few days left in the 2020-2021 school year, we want to wish you a safe summer and share some reminders to ensure your well-deserved break is a happy one.
The summer is a great time to relax and make memories as kids. As we all know, our towns have many recreational opportunities available to our youth. We support our residents taking part in these activities and want to see them done in a safe and legal manner.

Every year the police respond to incidents on our waterways, roads and forests.

Off-road Vehicles

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury does not permit the use of off-road vehicles. The Town of Innisfil was one of the first to allow the use of off-road vehicles on municipal roads. These vehicles are required to be plated, insured and operated by licenced drivers. The South Simcoe Police have been inundated with complaints of underage operators in and around many of our subdivisions. In addition, property owners are seeing an increase in trespassing on their lands. Although it may seem harmless and fitting to utilize vacant lands for recreational purposes, these lands are in different stages of development and conditions can change by the day. It also extends liability to both the property owner and the owner of the off-road vehicle. The South Simcoe Police have taken an educational approach to informing off-road vehicle operators of their roles and responsibilities this spring but the complaints continue. Over the summer expect to see increased enforcement related to the improper use of off-road vehicles and trespassing. Our “Know where you go” campaign aims to promote operations in safe and legal environments. Consider joining a local off-road vehicle club where you can access hundreds of kilometres of trails here in Simcoe County.

Water Safety

Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages one to four. A small child can disappear in seconds and can drown in only a few centimetres of water. Typically these drownings occur in backyard pools, toddler pools, the bathtub, or at the beach. Small children are also the most vulnerable group for near drownings. For every death, there are an estimated four to five additional near-drowning incidents. Infants and toddlers drowned mainly in bathtubs and pools, whereas older children and youth drowned mainly in large bodies of water.

South Simcoe Police Service wants to remind our residents that active supervision is crucial to water safety. Whether it’s a pool, the bathtub, a water park, or the beach, always watch children actively around water – even if they can swim. Consider requiring all non-swimmers to wear a life jacket.

We wish all of our young residents and their families a safe, happy summer.