Hastings & Prince Edward Counties/ Oct. 5, 2016 – The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) conducted a Seat Belt Enforcement Blitz on October 1st and 2nd
throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. A total of 194 charges were laid throughout the region during the two day blitz including:
106 Seat belt infractions
3 Distracted driving (cell phone use)
3 Stunt driving
30 other Highway Traffic Act offences
Noteworthy: On Sunday October 2nd an officer stopped an SUV in Centre Hastings.
Three people occupied the front area of the vehicle. The driver and front passenger were wearing seatbelts while a 12 year old child was sitting on a crate in the middle of the two other passengers.
The driver was charged with permit person under 16 to occupy a position without a seatbelt.
Seat Belt Enforcement Blitzes are not limited to responding to unusual circumstances such as that listed above, and are conducted on a recurring basis to encourage and enforce compliance with traffic laws. QRTC reminds motorists that police will continue to conduct traffic enforcement blitzes to ensure the safety of all individuals on the road.
Motorists should be aware of their driving behaviours at all times, and adjust their driving habits accordingly. “Most of the deaths and injuries that occur on our roadways are preventable,” says Constable Scott Preston of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service. The QRTC urges local drivers to drive responsibly in order to reduce these preventable deaths and injuries.