Several Canadians are flocking to the cottage or favourite campground to embrace the unofficial kick off to summer this Victoria Day long weekend. For many, it's the perfect opportunity to get things ready for the warmer months ahead.
The weekend traditionally marks the start of the summer driving season as well and as a result, police officials say they'll be keeping an eye on major roads, highways and waterways this weekend.
Sergeant Scott Diefenbaker is with the Waterloo Regional Police. He says officers will be targeting aggressive and impaired driving, seat belt compliance and distracted driving.
"As we're heading into the long weekend, there's going to be a lot more traffic on our roadways and people need to be reminded of the fact that tragedies do happen on our roadways and to adjust your speed accordingly."
Diefenbaker adds that when conditions are clear and the sun is shining, people don't recognize the danger in front of them in the same way if there was inclement weather.
"People seem to be driving a little too fast...and they just do not adjust their driving for the conditions."
Police say speed is the single most contributing factor to collisions on the roads. As the weather gets nicer, the speed increases as well as the number of collisions that occur.
Safety on the waterways is encouraged as well this weekend.
Those partaking in boating activities should be properly fitted with a lifejacket before heading out.