Po­lice find plenty to keep them busy over the long week­end, lay­ing thou­sands of charges in safety blitz

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

PRE­LIM­I­NARY DATA IN­DI­CATES ON­TARIO Pro­vin­cial Po­lice of­fi­cers were kept busy on and off roads dur­ing the Victoria Day hol­i­day week­end, in­ves­ti­gat­ing four deaths and lay­ing thou­sands of charges to ad­dress poor driv­ing be­hav­iours.

Dur­ing Canada Road Safety Week (May 15-21), the OPP laid more than 10,600 speed­ing charges, 175 of which were street rac­ing charges against mo­torists driv­ing 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit. Both were in­creases over the same pe­riod of 2017.

Of­fi­cers also laid 726 seat belt charges (up nearly 12 per cent), 424 dis­tracted driv­ing charges (a 12 per cent de­crease from 2017), 124 im­paired by al­co­hol or drug charges and var­i­ous other traf­fic-re­lated charges to mo­torists who con­tinue to threaten the safety of other road users in OPP ju­ris­dic­tion.

One death oc­curred on a road in the OPP’s West Re­gion that re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion while of­fi­cers also re­sponded to an off-road ve­hi­cle (ORV) in­ci­dent that claimed two lives in North East Re­gion, and a drown­ing death in Cen­tral Re­gion.

In Welling­ton County, of­fi­cers were ac­tive on the road­ways. A to­tal of 300 charges were laid against driv­ers through­out the cam­paign: 263 driv­ers re­ceived speed­ing charges, three driv­ers were charged with driv­ing while im­paired by al­co­hol while nine driv­ers lost their ve­hi­cle for a week as a re­sult of re­ceiv­ing a rac­ing charge. Other in­frac­tions in­cluded six seat­belt charges, five care­less driv­ing charges, four dis­tracted driv­ing charges and five fail to yield charges. Two driv­ers also re­ceived three day sus­pen­sions for reg­is­ter­ing a “warn” on a road­side al­co­hol test.

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