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OPP Lay 169 Charges In Long Weekend Traffic Safety Initiative

From September 3 to September 6, 2021 members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Wellington County Detachment participated in the Labour Day Long Weekend Traffic Safety Initiative. The focus of the Traffic Safety Initiative was the “Big 4” offences of Speeding/Aggressive Driving, Impaired Driving, Seatbelt Usage and Distracted Driving. These 4 offences are commonly found to be contributing factors in the fatal and personal injury motor vehicle collisions that occur on OPP patrolled roadways.

During the course of this Traffic Safety Initiative Wellington OPP officers conducted high visibility patrols on area roadways with a specific focus on both education and enforcement. Officers also conducted a number of R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Spot checks targeting impaired driving. Over the course of the Traffic Safety Initiative local officers laid approximately 169 charges.

Some highlights of the charges laid are:

  • Speeding-92
  • Stunt Driving-6
  • Fail to Properly Wear a Seatbelt-15
  • Distracted Driving-4
  • Hazardous Moving Violations-15
  • Other Highway Traffic Act-23
  • Impaired Operation of a Conveynace-1
  • Liquor Licence Act-3
  • Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act-9
  • Other Provincial Statutues-1

“Police would like to thank all the drivers who respected the rules of the road while travelling to and from their destinations this Labour Day long weekend. It is everyone’s responsibility, when operating a motor vehicle or vessel, to do so in a safe and courteous manner. Starting again this week students will be walking, riding their bikes, or in a school bus or vehicle – be extra cautious, don’t drive distracted and pay close attention to the road, sidewalks and crosswalks”. – Sgt Darryl Porterfield, Traffic Management Unit, Wellington County OPP.