Officers with the Napanee Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police had a busy long weekend with calls for service and Traffic Initiatives. With July 1, being the first long weekend of the summer, OPP officers are expected to be proactive and look specifically for drivers who are driving aggressively.
Over the weekend starting the morning of Friday June 29, officers have charged six individuals with driving at excessive speeds. Stunt driving, which is speeding in excess of 50 kilometers an hour will result in your vehicle being towed and impounded for seven days, licence suspension for seven days and up to $10,000 in fines.
On the morning of Friday June 29, 2018, within three hours, officers charged three drivers with Stunt Driving. Starting at 7:02 a.m., a driver travelling on Highway 2 was driving in excess of 130km an hour in a posted 80km an hour zone, at 8:59 a.m. on Highway 401 eastbound at Marysville Road a driver was charged for driving 157km an hour in a posted 100km an hour zone and at 9:44 a.m., a third driver was charged with driving in excess of 150km an hour in a posted 100km hour zone on Highway 401 eastbound in the Belleville area. On Friday evening at 8:53 p.m. a driver on Deseronto Road in Tyendinaga Township was stopped for driving 179km an hour in a posted 80km an hour zone.
On Monday July 2, 2018 two drivers were stopped and charged prior to 7 a.m., the first on Highway 401 westbound in Tyendinaga Township speeding at 164km an hour in a posted 100 zone and the second driver in the same area of Highway 401 speeding in excess of 150km an hour in a posted 100km an hour zone.
Despite the consequences of speeds being posted on Highwway 401, ongoing education and increased penalties and fines, drivers continue to drive at these speeds placing themselves and every other driver on Ontario’s highways at risk.
July 2, 2018 is a travel day for those who have spent the long weekend away from home with family and friends. The OPP want to remind drivers to slow down, speed is the number one factor in fatal collisions on Ontario Highways. The life saved could be their own.