The East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) patrolled the Blind River, Elliot Lake and Thessalon areas this Thanksgiving Weekend. From Friday October 6, 2017 to Monday October 9, 2017 officers patrolled local roads, towns and villages enforcing Highway Traffic Act (HTA) offences, the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA), Liquor License Act (LLA), the Off Road Vehicle Act (ORV), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and Criminal Code offences (CC).
As a result of the enforcement, officers issued a total of 37 Provincial Offence Notices in the area. Officers charged 24 drivers for speeding, three drivers/passengers were charged with not wearing their seatbelt, two drivers were charged with drive with no licence/improper licence, two drivers charged with drive no permit/no plate, one driver charged with unsafe move, one driver charged with start from park position-not in safety, one driver charged with fail to report accident contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. Two were charged with driving with open liquor in the vehicle contrary to the Liquor Licence Act.
Officers also conducted R.I.D.E (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs throughout the area. Two motor vehicle collisions were reported with two impaired drivers being charged, contrary to the Criminal Code.
Each year, thousands of people are killed in traffic crashes, and many more are seriously injured. Many of these tragic losses of life occur on long weekends and have a profound impact on thousands of families every year. Through Operation Impact, police services everywhere educate the public about the traffic-related risks they face in their communities and on our highways every day.
East Algoma OPP would like to thank the majority of drivers who drove responsibly