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Aggressive drivers among ‘Safe on 62’ initiative charges

Officers issued 53 charges – the majority for speeding – in this year’s ‘Safe on 62’ enforcement initiative.

Partners from the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) participated in the second-annual ‘Safe on 62’ enforcement initiative focusing on the Highway 62 corridor July 19.

“By 10 a.m. we had already stopped 14 vehicles who were being driven aggressively in Prince Edward County”, stated OPP Detachment Commander and Staff Sergeant John Hatch.

As part of the initiative, Prince Edward County OPP also conducted two RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs in Bloomfield and Rossmore along Highway 62.

Along with the 53 charges, five warnings were issued, four Commercial Motor Vehicles were marked out of service, and multiple court summonses were given out for stunt driving, careless driving and driving under suspension.

This one-day enforcement initiative is part of the QRTC’s ongoing efforts to encourage safe driving practices across Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

Throughout the summer, partners will continue to work to prevent the “big four” road safety issues that are the main contributors to motor vehicle collision injuries and deaths – distracted driving, alcohol/drug impaired driving, aggressive driving and lack of seatbelt use.

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  1. Paul A. says:

    You ask why “is this a one day campaign”? The article is clear: “Throughout the summer, partners will continue to work to prevent…” We should all thank the OPP local detachment (and partners) and go back to our traditional, old-fashioned, way of life when a couple of cops and County common sense were sufficient to keep the County safe.

  2. Dan says:

    And if the OPP does the same thing tomorrow they will also lay 53 charges, and next Wednesday 53 charges and December 24th 53 charges. These initiatives don’t modify driver behaviour and don’t make roads safer. Put an officer in front of a school or daycare … or at the top of the town hill… or on any road leaving a provincial park… or anywhere in Bloomfield… or on Union Road to have an impact. It also strikes me that the OPP could use traffic data to determine where and when to be. Highway 62 is as wide as the 401 now, what use is it giving someone a ticket for going 100 in an 80 when everyone else is doing 93?

  3. Mike Rodgers says:

    Why is this a one day campaign. It seems quite obvious we have a problem in Prince Edward and more police involvement is need on the main roads not just at the park and Milford area where I see the police most times.

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