Motorists on long weekend caught in hurry

More than 100 motorists were ticketed for speeding during an Easter long weekend blitz by provincial police officers patrolling routes on Thunder Bay's outskirts. According to an Ontario Provincial Police news release on Friday, officers laid 200 traffic-related charges in total over the three-day initiative, including two for stunt driving, Under the Highway Traffic Act, stunt driving applies to those travelling at least 50 km/h over the posted speed limit. In addition to speeding tickets, OPP officers cited a combination of 10 drivers and passengers for not wearing a seatbelt. The minimum set fine for that offence upon conviction is $200. During the same weekend, OPP officers partnered with their Thunder Bay Police Service counterparts to crack down on suspected driving violations by transport truck drivers. Nearly 15 truckers were ticketed for following too closely, while one commercial driver was charged with failing to stop for police, the OPP news release said. "Motorists are reminded that traffic laws are designed to prevent collisions, injuries, and fatalities, and that they are only effective if drivers comply with them," the release added.

Carl Clutchey, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, The Chronicle-Journal