Woman charged with driv­ing while sus­pended

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - LAW -

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!

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