41 seatbelt infraction charges
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.