Ontarians are urged to use extra caution on the roads and near waterways today

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Ontario Provincial Police are reminding motorists to be extra cautious on the roads before, during, and after the solar eclipse.

With the possible migration of people heading out on roads and waterways on April 8, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is encouraging residents and tourists to make road and boat safety a top priority when travelling to take part in solar eclipse events.

Drivers travelling to attend solar eclipse events should be prepared for delays in getting to and from their destination and are reminded to exercise caution and patience.

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The OPP are reminding folks to check local community news/websites for advisories and other information relating to traffic management (i.e. detours, parking, etc.).

Safety tips for drivers during the solar eclipse, courtesy of the OPP:

  • ensure vehicle full headlights are on;

  • do not wear eclipse glasses while driving;

  • do not photograph or video the eclipse while driving;

  • never pull over or stop on the roadway and/or shoulder of the road to view the eclipse;

  • exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic to view the eclipse; and,

  • be aware of possible increased pedestrian traffic.

"If you plan to be on the water during the solar eclipse, the OPP encourages boaters to be well-informed about Ontario safe boating practices and laws to help ensure an enjoyable and safe time," says the OPP in a statement. "Some waterways may have specific guidelines for boaters during special events such as the solar eclipse."

"The OPP remains committed to delivering on its Provincial Traffic Safety Strategy, which aims to reduce and prevent injuries and fatalities, and enhance safety on roads, waterways and trails. They are counting on residents and tourists to do their part by driving safely and complying with all traffic laws."

SEE ALSO: Solar eclipse timeline of events, from start to finish

Solar Eclipse Traffic Info & Resources for Carriers

The Ontario Trucking Association has compiled the following travel/regulatory information for members:

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MTO issued memo to inform the travelling public and trucking industry of the potential for significant delays and traffic congestion on the QEW, Highway 401, Highway 403, at border crossings in Southern Ontario, and on all roadways within the solar eclipse path of totality on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Niagara Regional Police Service

To allow for the safety of pedestrians, traffic management, and movement of emergency vehicles there will be planned road closures in the City of Niagara Falls and Town of Fort Erie.

Please see this link for details.

Kingston Area

Please see local road closures here.

OTA will continue to monitor and advise members of other infrastructure related matters related to the eclipse.

For live traffic camera updates, visit 511on.ca.

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Everything you need to know about today's solar eclipse can be found here.

Thumbnail shows QEW west of Highway 427 Burlington/Mississauga at 12:06 p.m. April 8, 2024. Courtesy of 511on.ca.