Belt blitz

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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.

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