Safety week nets 141 charges in SD&G

SMITHS FALLS – A safety blitz conducted by Ontario Provincial Police detachments around the East Region saw over 2,200 charges laid between May 14-20. Over 140 of those charges were by the SD&G OPP detachment.

More than three-quarters of the charges locally were for speeding in SDG Counties, which was higher than the regional average.

Of the charges by the SD&G detachment, 111 was for speeding, 15 were for seatbelt offences, nine was for impared driving, three for distracted driving, two for stunt driving, and one for careless driving.

In the region, 1,522 charges laid were for speeding, 96 for seatbelt, 55 for impared, 41 for stunt driving, 22 for distracted driving, and 19 for careless driving.

“This is not about the tickets and charges; it’s about modifying driver behaviours to make our roadways safer for everyone,” said Acting Inspector Chris Beechey with the OPP East Region.

OPP used a plane from its aviation division to assist with its safety blitz, which was part of the Canada Road Safety Week.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader