Woman charged with driving while suspended
On Oct. 15, members from the East Algoma OPP were on patrol duties on Highway 17 in Blind River.
Shortly before 4 p.m., police observed an eastbound car on Highway 17 and queried the plate. The investigation determined the female driver of the vehicle was suspended and a vehicle stop was initiated.
As a result of the investigation, Lorraine Marier, 42 years of age from Aweres Township, Ontario was charged with: drive while under suspension.
The accused is scheduled to appear in Blind River Court on Dec. 19. and traveling at varying speeds on Highway 17 within the Territory of Serpent River First Nation.
Police located the vehicle in Blind River and as the officer was speaking to the driver he could detect strong odour of alcohol emanating from his breath. The driver was then arrested and transported to Blind River detachment. The male’s pickup was towed and impounded for seven days
As a result of the investigation, Robert Baldwin, 69 years of age from Emsdale, Ontario, was charged with: driving while ability impaired-motor vehicle (alcohol); and with driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in blood.
The accused is scheduled to appear in Blind River Court on Nov. 1. East Algoma OPP responded to two traffic complaints where a westbound vehicle was travelling well under the posted speed limit, all over the road and crossing the centre line on Highway 17 within the Township of the North Shore (Spragge).
The vehicle was located in Blind River as the officer checked on the well-being of the female driver. She was spoken to and warned. A short time later she was stopped again as she was all over the road and travelling under the posted speed limit again.
As a result of the investigation, Roxanne Delisle, 34 years of age from Espanola, was issued a provincial offence notice and charged with: careless driving. upcoming snowy season while traveling on the roads. Provincial Constable James Walback, a licensed automotive service technician and a certified commercial vehicle safety alliance inspector, has experience working with tires. He says that a key part of road safety is making sure your vehicle has proper road surface traction in the winter.
All-season tires don’t work the same on snow, ice or cold pavement. The stopping distance of a car with winter tires can be up to 30% to 40% shorter than one with all-season tires. The most important part of a winter tire is actually its rubber compound. This is designed to stay soft in freezing temperatures, and very effective for 7 degrees Celsius and below. The tread compound used in all-season tires offers little cold weather traction and becomes hard, losing pliability and traction in freezing temperatures. Winter (snow) tires, however, are designed to help deliver safety and control in snow, slush, rain, ice and cold weather.
Winter tires are designed to move water. If the water isn’t moved away from the area in front of the tire, the car will hydroplane. This is why winter tires are covered with grooves and channels. The tire tread has grooves and channels to move water away to the sides, allowing the tire to stay in contact with the surface.
Walback cautions drivers that all-wheel drive vehicles help you accelerate, but not stop.
“On slippery surfaces, vehicles with four-wheel drive can accelerate better than those with two-wheel drive. When you’re trying to stop or turn, the limits are determined by the traction capabilities of your tires, not the number of driven wheels. Operating an allwheel drive vehicle does not mean that you do not have to adjust your driving to the conditions you are facing.”
The number one cause of motor vehicle collisions during snowy conditions is speed. Driver’s going too fast for road and weather conditions. Remember - ice and snow - keep it slow!