Weekend Traffic – Three Charged

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On August 18, 2017, shortly after 4:30 p.m., members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint where a vehicle was forced onto the shoulder on Highway 17, within the Tarbutt-Tarbutt Additional Township.

Police observed the westbound vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 17 and initiated a traffic stop.

As a result of the investigation, Cynthia NELSON, 52 years of age from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, was issued two provincial offence notices and charged with:
Speeding, contrary to section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act; and with
Fail to Have Insurance Card, contrary to section 3(1) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.

(TARBUTT-TARBUTT ADDITIONAL, ON) – On August 18, 2017, shortly after 6:30 p.m., members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint where a vehicle was cut off by tractor trailer on Highway 17, within the Tarbutt-Tarbutt Additional Township.

The complainant had a dashcam in his vehicle that recorded the incident. Police reviewed the footage, located the tractor trailer and initiated a traffic stop.

As a result of the investigation, Brian STEVENSON, 55 years of age from Blind River, Ontario, was issued a provincial offence notice and charged with: Change Lane- Not in Safety, contrary to section 142(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

(MUNICIPALITY OF HURON SHORES, ON)- On August 19, 2017, shortly before 4:00 p.m., members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint where a westbound vehicle was force off the road by another vehicle on Highway 17 near the Town of Thessalon.

Police observed the westbound vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 17 in Johnson Township and initiated a traffic stop. As a result of the investigation, Cynthia MESKIS, 60 years of age from Hamilton, Ontario, was charged with: Speeding, contrary to section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act.

STAY FOCUSED WHILE DRIVING

(THESSALON, ON) – The East Algoma OPP is asking drivers to be focused while driving on our Ontario Highways. One of the main East Algoma OPP enforcement objective is to slow traffic down and officers will take a no nonsense approach to aggressive driving behaviour that tend to force other road users into dangerous situations.

Drivers are reminded to allow extra time for travelling, and to take those important and precious few minutes to ensure that everyone is safely buckled.

Impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. East Algoma OPP officers are out in the area in an effort to remove the threat of the impaired driver. It’s never right to drink and drive.

Distracted driving continues to be a contributing factor in many preventable tragedies, so stay focused while driving. If you need to make a call or text someone pullover in a safe location and use your cell phone to make your call.

Feeling drowsy is dangerous when you are behind the wheel. Your reaction time slows, awareness decreases and your judgment becomes impaired. When you are behind the wheel don’t let the monotony of driving take over. You need to stay focused, do not let yourself be distracted. If tired find a safe place to stop and take a break.

It is better to operate a motor vehicle, boat or off-road vehicle within the law, than dealing with the life-changing consequences that begin to unfold the second a person makes a poor decision behind the wheel and lives are senselessly brought to a tragic end.

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