BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment laid 128 charges for failing to wear seatbelts during an Easter long weekend blitz – 54 per cent of the 238 charges laid across the East Region.
That figure can be attributed primarily to extra enforcement during the crackdown. “The officers in SD&G did a huge blitz, with the assistance of their Traffic Unit and officers from the OPP Highway Safety Division that were patrolling in the area as well,” Const. Roop Sandhu, community safety officer with the Frontenac OPP, told Outside of SDG, the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment had the next largest number of offenders (18) charged.
The 238 East Region charges this year are 30 per cent more than the 183 laid during the 2017 Easter weekend blitz. Overall, the OPP charged 1,524 people province-wide for failing to wear their seatbelts between March 30 and April 2. Seatbelt usage was the main focus of the recent long weekend crackdown. However, police were also on the watch for aggressive, distracted and impaired driving, as well as other dangerous and illegal behaviour behind the wheel.