Bruce Peninsula OPP News: Stunt Driving Continues in North Bruce

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Media Release

GREY BRUCE OPP SPOT LIGHT ON ATV PROGRAM

(CHATSWORTH, ON) – The Grey Bruce OPP has several trained all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators that are available to assist with patrols, enforcement, R.I.D.E., search and rescue and many other important operations that are not always possible or practicable with police cruisers.

There are many kilometres of The Bruce Trail and county trails that thousands of visitors, hikers, walkers and cyclists enjoy exploring each year in Grey and Bruce Counties. The ATVs assist officers in locating injured or lost hikers, searching for missing persons and general patrol of the many trails, paths and rural roadways.

There are several active ATV clubs in our area and the Grey Bruce OPP monitor and patrol, looking for impaired and aggressive drivers, checking documentation and help to ensure the safety of multi trail users. 

Safety Tips: 

• All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and Off Road Vehicles (ORV) on the road must travel at speeds less than the posted speed limit:

-No more than 20 kilometres per hour (km/h) on roads with a posted 50 km/h speed limit;

-No more than 50 km/h on roads with a posted 80 km/h speed limit;

•An ATV/ORV driver must be at least:

-16 years of age with a valid G2 or M2 drivers licence (for on-road riding)

-12 years of age (for off-road riding)

-8 years of age (for a passenger for on-road riding) unless directly supervised by an adult or while driving on land occupied by the ATV/ORV owner

• ALWAYS RIDE SOBER:

A police officer can stop ORV and ATV operators on or off-road to demand a variety of tests to determine impairment by alcohol and/or drugs.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO MULTIPLE CHARGES IN SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA

(SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On August 1, 2020 at 8:25 p.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a white sport utility vehicle (SUV)for speeding, southbound on Highway 6, near Limberlost Road, in South Bruce Peninsula, ON.

The driver was currently a suspended G2 novice driver, with a mandatory Ignition Interlock condition for any vehicle that they operate.

OPP officers detected alcohol on their breath and conducted a roadside screening test. The result was a fail. The driver was arrested and transported to Grey Bruce OPP detachment in Wiarton. A breath test, conducted by a qualified Breath Technician, recorded almost twice the legal limit of 80 milligrams (mg) of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. 

As a result of this investigation, Grey Bruce OPP have charged a 34 year old from Concord, ON with the following offences:

-operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, section 320.14(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CC)

-operation while impaired with blood alcohol concentration 80 mg or more, section 320.14(1)(b) CC

-speeding (1 to 49 kilometres over the posted speed limit), section 128 Highway Traffic Act (HTA)

-driving while under suspension, section 53(1) HTA

-drive motor vehicle – not equipped with ignition interlock device, Ontario Regulation 287 HTA

This vehicle was towed and will be impounded for 45 days and the accused received a 90 day driver’s licence suspension.

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is required to attend Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on November 12, 2020.

OPP CHARGE 13 STUNT DRIVERS CIVIC HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN GREY BRUCE

Between July 31st and August 3rd, 2020, 13 more motorists on Highway 6 were charged with stunt driving – 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) or more over the posted speed limit, contrary to section 172(1) Highway Traffic Act.

(SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON)

-July 31st at 1:15 p.m. – a 18 year old from London, ON was travelling over 170 km/h in a black car in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-July 31st at 5:14 p.m. – a 34 year old from Hamilton, ON was travelling over 155 km/h in a blue sport utility vehicle (suv), in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-August 1st at 8:49 a.m. – a 24 year old from Montreal, QC was travelling over 130 km/h in a red car in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-August 1st at 10:11 a.m. – a 36 year old from Barrie, ON was travelling over 140 km/h in a white car, in this posted 80 km/h zone. 

-August 1st at 11:15 a.m. – a 20 year old from Mississauga, ON was travelling over 140 km/h in a blue suv, in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-August 1st at 11:15 a.m. – a 53 year old from Burlington, ON was travelling over 140 km/h in a black car, in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-August 3rd at 8:27 p.m. – a 52 year old from Mississauga, ON was travelling over 145 km/h in a silver mini-van, in this posted 80 km/h zone. 

(NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON)

-August 3rd at 7:33 p.m. – a 56 year old from Scarborough, ON was travelling over 135 km/h in a grey car, in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-August 3rd at 8:28 p.m. – a 28 year old from Scarborough, ON was travelling over 140 km/h in a white car in this posted 80km/h zone.

(GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON)

-August 1st at 3:39 a.m. – a 51 year old from Brampton, ON was travelling over 140 km/h in a silver car, in this posted 80 km/h zone.

August 1st at 9:42 a.m. – a 31 year old from Saint-Laurent, QC was travelling over 130 km/h in a grey car, in this posted 80 km/h zone.

(CHATSWORTH, ON)

-August 2nd at 3:04 p.m. – a 41 year old from Mississauga, ON was travelling over 155 km/h in a white pick-up truck, in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-August 3rd at 11:24 p.m. – a 23 year old from Stoney Creek, ON was travelling over 110 km/h in a white car, in this posted 50 km/h zone.

All of these drivers were issued a Provincial Summons, a seven day drivers licence suspension and their vehicles were towed and impounded for seven days. 

The Grey Bruce OPP want to remind motorists that excessive speed in one of the leading causes of deaths on our highways. Please slow down and be safe.

DRIVERS STILL DON’T COMPLY WITH 2003 MOVE OVER LAW

(ORILLIA, ON) – With roads about to get busier during the Civic Holiday long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will have its sights set on drivers who do not slow down and safely move over a lane for roadside emergency vehicles. 

So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 400 charges against drivers who failed to move over one lane when able to help create safe space for police, other emergency personnel and tow truck drivers to conduct their work. There were 1,708 such charges laid last year and more than 9,300 charges over the last five-year period. 

So far this year, the OPP has responded to 123 fatal motor vehicle collisions in which 132 people lost their lives. Among the fatalities, 29 deaths were linked to speed, 26 were seat belt-related, 22 involved alcohol/drugs and 20 were linked to an inattentive driver.

Drivers are also reminded to watch out for pedestrians and motorcyclists. To date, 22 pedestrians and 19 motorcyclists have died in OPP jurisdictions in 2020.

DID YOU KNOW?

Ontario’s Move Over law requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle or tow truck parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated. If the highway has more than one lane, the law requires the driver to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle or tow truck if it can be done safely. 

The law carries a $490 to $2,000 fine plus three demerit points upon conviction.

Subsequent offences (within five years) carry a $1,000 to $4,000 fine, possible jail time of up to six months and possible suspension of your driver’s licence for up to two years.

MORE STUNT DRIVERS CHARGED IN NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA

(NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On July 28, 2020 Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged two more motorists for excessive speed on Highway 6, Northern Bruce Peninsula. Both of these drivers were charged with stunt driving – 50km/h or more over posted speed limit, contrary to section 172(1) Highway Traffic Act (HTA). 

-07:53 a.m. – a 24 year old from Brampton, ON was travelling over 130 kilometres per hour (km/h) in a black car in this posted 80 km/h zone.

3:33 p.m. – a 32 year old from Ajax, ON was travelling over 150 km/h in a white car in this posted 80 km/h zone.

Both of these drivers were issued a Provincial Summons, a seven day drivers licence suspension and their vehicles were towed and impounded for seven days.

MORE STUNT DRIVERS CHARGED ON BRUCE PENINSULA

(SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On Monday, July 27, 2020, Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged another five (5) motorists with stunt driving – 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) or more over the posted speed limit, contrary to section 172(1) Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

-09:45 a.m. – Highway 6, north of Wiarton – a 27 year old from Scarborough, ON was travelling over 130 kilometres per hour (km/h) in the posted 80 km/h speed limit. 

2:27 p.m. – Highway 6, near Limberlost Road, – a 21 year old from Toronto, ON was travelling over 150 km/h in the posted 80 km/h speed limit. This driver was also charged with careless driving and Class G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by qualified driver, both Highway Traffic Act offences. 

(NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON)

-11:07 a.m. – Highway 6, near Hellyer Road, a 32 year old from Etobicoke, ON was travelling over 140 km/h in the posted 80 km/h speed limit.

1:12 p.m. – Highway 6, near Little Pike Bay Road, – a 24 year old from Hamilton, ON was travelling over 130 km/h in the posted 80 km/h speed limit.

2:25 p.m. – Highway 6, near Lawrence Road, – a 20 year old from Oshawa, ON was travelling over 130 km/h in the posted 80 km/h speed limit.

All of these drivers were issued provincial summons to attend court, a 7 day drivers licence suspension and their vehicles were towed and impounded for 7 days.

OPP CHARGE 11 MORE STUNT DRIVERS ON BRUCE PENINSULA

Grey Bruce (Wiarton), Grey County (Chatsworth) – Between July 24th and July 26th, 2020 on the Bruce Peninsula, 11 motorists were charged with stunt driving – 50km/h or more over the posted speed limit, contrary to section 172(1) Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

(SOUTH-BRUCE PENINSULA, ON)

-July 24 – 7:42 p.m. – a 27 year old from North York, ON, was travelling over 130 kilometres per hour (km/h) in a white car in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-July 24 -10:59 p.m. – a 22 year old from Lakeshore, ON was travelling over 135 km/h in a red sport utility vehicle (suv) in this posted 80km/h zone.

July 25 – 5:49 p.m. – a 24 year old from Toronto, ON, was travelling over 130 km/h in a grey suv in this posted 80 km/h zone.

July 26 – 10:14 a.m. – a 30 year old from Toronto, ON, was travelling over 130 kilometres km/h in a grey car in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-July 26 – 4:33 p.m. a 33 year old from Peterborough, ON was travelling over 130 km/h in a black suv in this posted 80 km/h zone.

July 26 – 5:57 p.m. – a 36 year old from Woodstock, ON, was travelling over 145 km/h in a black suv in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-July 26 – 6:20 p.m. a 24 year old from La Salle, ON was travelling over 130 km/h in a black car in this posted 80 km/h zone.

(NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON)

-July 26 – 10:32 a.m. – a 48 year old from Saint-Charles-Borromee, Quebec, was travelling over 130 km/h in a white pick-up truck in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-July 26 – 2:19 p.m. – a 22 year old from Brampton, ON, was travelling over 130 km/h in a silver car in this posted 80 km/h zone.

-July 26 – 3:32 p.m. – a male from Toronto, ON was travelling over 130 km/h in a black suv in this posted 80 km/h zone.

All of these drivers were served a Provincial Summons, issued a 7 day drivers licence suspension and their vehicles were towed and impounded for 7 days.

DISTURBANCE LEADS TO IMPAIRED CHARGE

(NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On July 25, 2020 at 9:32 p.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a group of males that were arguing and fighting with each other at a campground on Cape Hurd Road in Northern Bruce Peninsula.

Officers attended this location and stopped a brown sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was exiting this campground, as staff advised that this vehicle was involved in the dispute. Officers spoke to the male driver and formed grounds that the driver was impaired by alcohol. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and he was transported to the Grey Bruce OPP detachment in Wiarton. A breath test, conducted by a qualified Intoxilyzer operator at the detachment, recorded readings over the legal limit of 80 mgs of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. 

As a result of this investigation, Grey Bruce OPP have charged A 27 year old from West Grey, ON with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, section 320.14(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CC) and operation while impaired with blood alcohol concentration 80 mgs or more, section 320.14(1)(b) CC.

The accused was released on an Appearance Notice and is required to attend Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on October 1, 2020.