Plethora of speeding tickets issued over Canada Day
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.