South Simcoe - South Simcoe Police participated in Operation Impact, over the Thanksgiving long weekend, targeting the “Big 4” - driving behaviours that are major contributors to collisions on local roads. Officers were looking for Impaired Drivers, Speeding, Seat Belt Use, and Distracted Driving, and laid numerous charges.
On October 7, South Simcoe Police conducted a RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) checkpoint on ShoreAcres Drive in Gilford. Officers stopped a vehicle around 10 p.m., and detected an odor of alcohol on the male driver's breath. A roadside screening test resulted in a FAIL; the 30 year old Richmond Hill man was arrested and returned to the station for further tests. He was subsequently charged with Over .080, his licence was suspended for 90 days, and he has a court date later this month.
A RIDE check on Mapleview Drive in Innisfil at 2:22 a.m. on October 8 stopped a female driver. The odor of alcohol was detected; the 23 year old Barrie woman subsequently failed a roadside screening test. After further testing at the station, she was charged with Over .080, her licence suspended for 90 days, her vehicle impounded, and she was given a court date later this month.
On October 8, just after 11 p.m., a constable operating a cruiser equipped with an Automated Licence Plate Reader observed a vehicle with an expired validation. The officer pulled the vehicle over, and detected an odor of alcohol on the driver's breath. A roadside screening test resulted in a WARN. A 28 year old Bradford woman had her licence suspended for 3 days, and was ticketed for the expired plate.
The Automated Licence Plate Reader also helped police nab two suspended drivers – a 51 year old Bradford man charged with Drive under Suspension, just after 8 p.m. on Oct. 9, and a 17 year old youth, stopped around 9 p.m. on Oct. 9, whose pick-up truck was seized and impounded for 7 days.
A RIDE check on Dissette St. in Bradford, around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 9, caught an impaired driver. An officer noticed signs of impairment by alcohol; a 27 year old Newmarket man was arrested and returned to the station for further breath tests. He was charged with Impaired Driving and Over .080, as well as a number of Highway Traffic Act offences. His licence was suspended for 90 days.
And shortly before 10 p.m. on Oct. 10, a South Simcoe Police Sgt. stopped a vehicle in Bond Head for driving with improper headlights – and detected an odor of alcohol on the driver's breath. The female driver registered a WARN on a roadside screening device; since she had been suspended twice before for WARN Range tests, she received a 30 day driver's licence suspension.
In total, South Simcoe Police ticketed 63 drivers for speeding, 4 for Distracted driving, 14 for not wearing a seatbelt, and charged 3 for Impaired, also issuing 4 WARN range licence suspensions.
York Regional Police also participated in Operation Impact, laying 477 charges for Aggressive Driving, 32 charges for Distracted Driving, giving out 5 tickets for improper use of seatbelts, and charging 8 drivers with Impaired.
Preliminary numbers from the OPP identify approximately 5,500 speeding charges, nearly 245 Distracted Driving charges, 500 tickets for improper use of seatbelts, and 140 Impaired charges.
Police say that they will continue to focus on the 'Big Four' causes of collisions on Ontario roads, even though Operation Impact has wrapped up.