Plethora of speed­ing tick­ets is­sued over Canada Day

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff Mem­bers of the Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry On­tario Pro­vin­cial Police de­tach­ment laid a to­tal of 103 “Big Four” charges dur­ing the Canada Day Long Week­end blitz – 95 of those, or 92 per­cent, for speed­ing.

Lo­cal police also laid a pair of street rac­ing/stunt driv­ing charges, as well as six for im­proper seat­belt us­age or not wear­ing a seat­belt dur­ing the June 28 to July 1 cam­paign.

Ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Cyn­thia Savard, com­mu­nity safety co­or­di­na­tor at the OPP East Re­gion head­quar­ters in Smiths Falls who pro­vided these num­bers to

last week, there were no dis­tracted driv­ing or im­paired (by al­co­hol or drugs) charges over the four days.

Over the re­cent long week­end, OPP of­fi­cers across the prov­ince fo­cused their ef­forts on en­force­ment re­lated to the “Big Four” causes of mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions – al­co­hol or drug im­paired; inat­ten­tive (dis­tracted;) and ag­gres­sive (speed­ing, street rac­ing/stunt) driv­ing, as well as lack of seat­belt use.

And given the num­bers – lo­cally, by OPP-ad­min­is­tered re­gion, and prov­ince-wide – lead-footed driv­ing was a ma­jor con­cern.

In the East Re­gion – an area, in­clud­ing SD&G that stretches from the Que­bec border to Quinte West and up through the Ot­tawa Valley – OPP of­fi­cers laid a to­tal of 1,810 “Big Four” charges, with 1,646 of those – or 91 per cent – for speed­ing.

In the North East Re­gion, 97 per­cent of the “Big Four” charges were for speed­ing, while 89 per cent (264 of 298) mo­torists pinched were ex­ceed­ing the le­gal speed limit.

Nei­ther of the OPP’s other two Re­gions – the Cen­tral and the West – had released their num­bers for the Canada Day Long Week­end cam­paign as of July 5.

Prov­ince-wide, mem­bers of the OPP laid a to­tal of 6,113 “Big Four” charges dur­ing the re­cent­ly­con­cluded crack­down.

Of those, 5,303 (87 per cent) were for speed­ing.

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