From April 6th to the 9th, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), East Region Traffic Teams and participating detachments conducted a highly visible traffic safety enforcement initiative along Highway 401 that was simultaneously mirrored by the New York State Police(NYSP) and the Sûreté du Québec to emphasize the shared goal of safe roadways.
OPP Detachments included Grenville County, Leeds County, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) and the OPP East Region Highway Enforcement Team (HET).
Officers concentrated on the offences that result in the greatest contribution to serious and sometimes fatal collisions, with particular attention to impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving and improper seat belt use. Officers also focussed on violators who do not move over for emergency vehicles that have their lights flashing.
OPP officers in East Region stopped 2,634 vehicles with the following results:
• 682 provincial offence notices issued
• 648 speeding charges
• 23 seatbelt charges
• 2 distracted driving charges
• 1 impaired driving charge
• 7 suspended driver charges
• 15 commercial motor vehicle charges
• 108 move over charges
Section 159 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) was created to keep emergency workers safe while stopped on our roadways. OPP officers issued 108 tickets to those drivers that failed to do so.
This is unacceptable. Emergency services workers need your help in providing a safe environment to respond to emergencies. Slow down and move away from the emergency services vehicles with its light flashing. We are here to help you… please help us!