41 seat­belt in­frac­tion charges

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff Mem­bers of the Stor­mont, Dundas and Glen­garry On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice laid 41 charges for failing to wear seat­belts dur­ing the pro­vin­cial force’s re­cent On­tario-wide Easter Long Week­end (April 19 to 22) blitz tar­get­ing un­safe driv­ing be­hav­iour.

The lo­cal num­ber ac­counted for 36 per­cent of the East Re­gion to­tal of 113 seat­belt-re­lated charges dur­ing this year’s Easter crack­down.

The East Re­gion stretches from the Que­bec bor­der to Quinte West and up through the Ottawa Val­ley.

Dur­ing last year’s cam­paign, the SD&G de­tach­ment laid 128 charges for failing to wear seat­belts – ac­count­ing for 54 per­cent of the 238 charges laid across the East Re­gion. East Re­gion of­fi­cers also laid 1,744 speed­ing charges (138 of which were in SD&G); 12 im­paired by drugs or alcohol charges (one in SD&G); and 18 dis­tracted driv­ing charges (one in SD&G).

Across the province, the OPP laid more than 10,200 traf­fic-re­lated charges be­tween April 19 and 22, with more than 6,400 – ap­prox­i­mately 63 per­cent – of those for speed­ing. More than 1,000 charges were laid against un­buck­led driv­ers and pas­sen­gers who failed to keep them­selves safe. There were no fa­tal­i­ties on OPP-pa­trolled road­ways dur­ing the Easter long week­end.

Dur­ing last year's blitz, of­fi­cers province-wide laid over 1,500 seat­belt charges, more than 6,500 speed­ing charges and ap­prox­i­mately 11,000 traf­fic-re­lated charges over­all.

Sta­tis­tics for the 2019 cam­paign were pro­vided by Const. Bill Dick­son, me­dia re­la­tions of­fi­cer at the OPP East Re­gion head­quar­ters in Smiths Falls.

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