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TIMMINS POLICE UNDERTAKEN EASTER WEEKEND TRAFFIC SAFETY ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE

In response to a number of recurring traffic complaints regarding excessive speed and other forms of aggressive driving noted in key high volume areas of concern, a traffic enforcement initiative was undertaken by the Timmins Police covering the Easter holiday weekend.

In order to address these identified concerns, a concentrated traffic initiative was undertaken by the Timmins Police which focused enforcement efforts from Friday April 2nd to Sunday April 4th in key areas, specifically the areas of Riverside Drive, Algonquin Blvd, Hwy 101, Hwy 655, Airport Road, Lafleur Drive and Maclean Drive.

A total of 129 Provincial Offence Notices were issued to motorists observed committing aggressive driving infractions contrary to the Highway Traffic Act during this initiative.

The breakdown of observed offences resulting in the issuance of an Offence Notice are as follows:

– 80 speeding violations

– 8 traffic light infractions

– 6 improper muffler violations

– 2 unnecessary noise infractions

– 1 Turn – Not in Safety violation

– 1 Change Lane – Not in Safety violation

– 1 Unlawfully Drive Off-Road Vehicle on Roadway infraction

– 1 Careless Driving violation

– 1 Fail to Use Directional Signal violation

– 1 Operated Vehicle – No Clear View to Front violation

– 1 Use of Color Coating Obstructing Interior View violation

In a number of circumstances where driving behavior merited a traffic stop by Timmins Police officers, other violations were discovered by means of further investigation.

One driver was issued a Part III Provincial Court Summons for driving while suspended while another driver was issued a Part III Provincial Court Summons for driving without valid insurance.

During the enforcement campaign, a stunt driving incident was observed by a Timmins Police officer during the evening hours of Saturday April 3rd on Hwy 101 east of Schumacher.

The ensuing traffic stop led to the arrest of the 49 year old South Porcupine man and resulted in charges of: – Operate Motor Vehicle While impaired contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada – Operate Motor Vehicle – Blood Alcohol Concentration Exceeds 80 mgs contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

These charges will be addressed in Provincial Court on April 21st .

In a separate incident, a traffic stop by a Timmins Police officer during the afternoon hours of Saturday, April 3rd , led to the seizure of stolen licence plates and the laying of the applicable charge of: – Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada against a 20 year old Schumacher man.

This charge will be addressed in Provincial Court on May 11th .

Additionally, 19 Provincial Offence Notices were issued to drivers for documentation violations and one driver was charged with Littering on Highway while another was charged with the offence of: Being a Class G1 Licence Holder – Unaccompanied by Qualified Driver

During the course of the campaign, due attention was paid to pedestrian violations that often lead to “near hit” situations or other collisions.

Two pedestrians were charged with the offence of Pedestrian Fail to Use Crosswalk The Timmins Police Service, as always, is responsive to the needs of the community in terms of public safety.

As such, their officers remain firmly committed to traffic safety and will continue to undertake these measures in key areas identified as being prone to chronic public concern and related to motor vehicle collisions.