Members of the West Region Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are advising motorists of potential traffic disruptions on Saturday, Oct. 19, along the eastbound lanes of the 402 Highway.
Police have received information of a possible demonstration travelling along Highway 402 between Forest Road and Centre Road in Strathroy beginning around 10 a.m. on Saturday. A group of citizens opposed to the construction of industrial-scale wind turbines has made it known that a protest of this sort could possibly be used as a tactic.
"In the interest of public safety, the OPP may be required to close Highway 402 in this area during the protest," advises an OPP news release. "As a precaution police are recommending that motorists who plan to be in this area during this time to plan an alternate route."
The news release notes that police "do not condone this illegal activity." It adds that members of what's being called the Provincial Liaison Team continue to maintain communication with the leadership of the anti-turbine group, and is "advising them to find a legal, safer and less disruptive" location for a protest.
"The OPP respect everyone’s right to demonstrate peacefully and respectfully, and remind anyone organizing or participating in illegal activity that they may be subject to charge by police," advises the news release.