OPP FESTIVE RIDE PROGRAM IN FULL SWING

by DrivePerth  

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) – The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is actively involved in the 2014 – 2015 Festive Reduce Impaired Drivers Everywhere (RIDE) Campaign which runs from November 24, 2014 until January 2, 2015.  

Officers are setting up RIDE programs is locations throughout the county and motorists are reminded that they could be stopped anywhere at any time.  Yesterday, November 25th, officers conducted 8 RIDE programs throughout the day.  Although no alcohol related infractions were noted yesterday, a large number of motorists were checked and spoken to.  

During the 2013 – 2014 Festive RIDE period the Perth County OPP checked 13,008 motorists as they passed through RIDE programs.  Five impaired driving charges were laid and three Warn Range and Administrative Driver’s License Suspensions were issued.  These R.I.D.E. checks also netted twenty seven other violations, including drug, liquor, and Highway Traffic Act charges.  

While the number of motorists that choose to drive while impaired by drug and/or alcohol may be small, they pose a significant danger on the roads that is both unacceptable and completely preventable.

The Perth County OPP is reminding motorists that driving while impaired by drugs other than alcohol is equally dangerous and against the law.  OPP Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) will be working through the holiday season to remove these irresponsible drivers from the road as well.

The OPP is asking the public to join the conversation on Facebook during the campaign.  Share your thoughts, stories and personal experiences with impaired drivers/driving, as well as any positive stories about people you encounter over the holidays whose actions and decisions about drinking and driving contribute to a safe holiday season on our roads.

 “Drivers who have been drinking and get behind the wheel are reminded that our officers and the general public is on the lookout for you.  At our RIDE checks and during our regular patrols, officers are always checking for signs of impairment.  We also appreciate the many calls we receive from concerned citizens who notify us of possible drunk drivers.  Whatever your plans are this holiday season, ensure they include a safe ride home.” Inspector Steve Porter, Perth County OPP.   

OPP SUPPORTING THE POSITIVE ACTIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE

by DrivePerth  

(ORILLIA, ON) – Young people doing the right thing may earn themselves some well-deserved recognition this winter.  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proud to be continuing its partnership with Mac’s Convenience Stores across Ontario again this year for Operation Heat 2014, a program that rewards children who demonstrate positive actions, positive behaviour and show acts of kindness toward others.   

OPP officers will be keeping a watchful  eye for young people carrying out good deeds in communities across the province; and when they catch someone in an act of kindness, the ‘thank you’ which they will receive in the form of free “ticket” for hot chocolate.    

Operation Heat is a Positive Ticketing Program that provides opportunities for OPP officers to interact with young people in our communities while recognizing our youth for doing good deeds. Officers can use the coupons in a ‘positive’ way to establish a dialogue with children in their patrol area and build relationships that will last for years to come.

“The OPP is pleased to participate again this year in this highly successful initiative that recognizes youth for responsible and caring behaviour,” said OPP Inspector Robyn MacEachern, OPP Community Safety Services. “Any opportunity we have to interact with young people is a good thing.  Engaging our business communities in support of youth programs also helps make our communities stronger.”

“Operation Heat provides law enforcement with an additional tool to initiate communication and reward our youth in a positive way”, says Sean Sportun - Manager, Loss Prevention & Security for Mac’s in Central Canada. “Mac’s strives to be a leader in crime prevention and we are very excited about this yearly initiative and the positive message it helps deliver.”

Learn more at the OPP Community Safety Services, Community Issues @ www.opp.ca

THEFT OF OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT FROM SHED

by DrivePerth  

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Monday November 24, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to a Richmond Avenue North residence in Listowel, where the homeowners discovered items stolen from their backyard shed.

Investigation revealed that sometime between 7 p.m. on Sunday November 23rd and 7 a.m. on Monday November 24th, unknown person(s) entered the unlocked garden shed and removed snowmobile clothing and a crossbow.  The total value of the stolen property is estimated to exceed $3,000

The stolen property includes the following;

An Excalibur crossbow with a scope and arrows in a case

Polaris snowmobile jacket, red black and while colours

Orange and grey camo Under Armour snowmobile gloves

Red and black Under Armour snowmobile gloves

Black FRX gloves

Orange and black FRX Cold Cross snowmobile jacket 

Mountain Air snowmobile pants, black in colour

Orange and black FXR snowmobile pants

Pair of Baffin snow boots, black in colour, size 8

Heated DeWALT sweater, grey in colour

Anyone with information about this theft or who knows the whereabouts is the above listed items is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000  

Residents are encouraged to keep their vehicles, garages, outbuildings and sheds locked to discourage these types of thefts.

by DrivePerth  

(BLUEWATER, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating a mischief that occurred sometime during the early morning hours of November 16, 2014.  A Jeep Sahara was parked on Catherine Street in Bayfield when it was vandalized.  

Those responsible smashed the rear window of the Jeep by throwing a trailer hitch ball through the window.  Further damage also extended to the gear shifter.  The total estimate of the damage is approximately $800.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. 

THREE DAY SUSPENSION

by DrivePerth  

(GODERICH, ON) -  A 59 year old driver had his driver’s licence suspended following a traffic stop on November 15, 2014.  Just after 7:00 p.m. a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer stopped a Dodge Dakota pickup truck on Kingston Street in the Town of Goderich.  Upon speaking with the male driver the officer noted the driver had consumed alcohol.   A roadside test was completed and the driver registered a warn range reading.  

 

As a result, the 59 year old driver from Goderich was served with a three day driver’s licence suspension.  

NUMEROUS COLLISIONS INVESTIGATED

by DrivePerth  

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) – During the nearly 24 hours that the snow storm was raging, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were kept busy responding to high number of traffic related calls for service.  

Most calls involved motor vehicles leaving roadways, and entering into snow filled ditches.  Other vehicles crashed into guardrails, fence posts, or trees.  A number of collisions involved multiple vehicles, however due to the relative low speed the vehicles were travelling damage and injuries were relatively minor in nature.  

A total of 40 collisions were attended to by the Perth County OPP during the period from Tuesday morning November 18th until Wednesday morning November 19th.  

One snow plough collision was investigated, involving a Township plough that was struck by a pickup truck.  Shortly before 2 p.m. the pickup truck lost control on Hwy 8 at Road 145 sliding into the plough as it was making a turn. No injuries were reported, but the pickup truck sustained moderate damage while the plough received minor damage.

Around 4:30 p.m. along Hwy. 7/8 west of Shakespeare, a tow truck was pulling a vehicle out of the ditch when it was hit by another vehicle.  The tow truck driver who was working outside of his vehicle narrowly escaped injuries.  Damage to all vehicles involved was minor to minimal in nature.

Motorists are reminded to “go slow, when you see snow”.  During blowing snow and poor visibility conditions, “Don’t take chances”.  Stay off the roads until conditions improve.

IRRESPONSIBLE TEEN DRIVEN HOME BY PARENT

by DrivePerth  

(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON) - On Sunday morning November 16, 2014, shortly before 1 a.m., an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was conducting patrols along Highway 8 east of Mitchell when a fast moving vehicle was observed.  

An SUV was observed travelling east bound on Highway 8 at an extremely high rate of speed.  The officer activated the police radar and locked the vehicle in at a speed of 169 km/h.  This is 89 km/h above the posted 80 km/h zone.  The 2009 Honda CRV was pulled over by the officer, and the seventeen year old male driver, a resident of Stratford, advised that he was operating his mother’s vehicle.   

The male was issued a summons for “race a motor vehicle”, and is to appear at Stratford Court on December 09, 2014, to answer to this charge.  His driver’s licence was suspended for seven days and his mother’s vehicle was towed from the scene and has been impounded for a week.

The teen’s mother attended the scene and drove him home. 

RIDE PROGRAM EFFECTIVE

by DrivePerth  

(PERTH COUNTY, ON)   Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers experienced a busy weekend as a result of snowfall and motorists not adjusting their driving to the road conditions.                                                             

On Friday November 14, 2014 alone, officers responded to 32 collisions on OPP patrolled roadways within the county.  

In addition to high number of collisions, officers still conducted RIDE (Reduce Impaired Drivers Everywhere) programs in seven locations throughout the county.  At one of these RIDE programs, at the intersection of Wallace Ave. North and McDonald St. East in Listowel, officers stopped a vehicle around 11 p.m. and conducted a roadside breath test on the driver.  The driver failed the test, and also failed two subsequent Intoxilyzer  breath test at the North Perth OPP Detachment in Listowel.

The driver (61) of the Municipality of North Perth has been charged with “driving with more than 08 mgs. of alcohol in blood”, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.  He was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to attend at the Ontario Court of Justice in Listowel on December 10, 2014, to answer to this charge.  He was issued a 90 day driver’s licence suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

IMPAIRED DRIVER ARRESTED IN INCLEMENT WEATHER

by DrivePerth  

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  On Friday November 14, 2014, around 6 p.m. a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was proceeding to a motor vehicle collision.  The officer was driving on Hwy 7 south of line 26 when a south bound minivan was observed veering into the north bound lane forcing northbound traffic onto the east shoulder to avoid being struck by the minivan.

The minivan was pulled over by the officer and the driver who displayed signs of impairment was arrested.  The driver was transported to the Perth County OPP Detachment in Sebringville, where two Intoxilyzer breath tests indicated that he had consumed more than the legal limit of alcohol.

The driver (62) of Stratford has been charged with, “driving with more than 80 mgs. of alcohol in blood”, and “driving while ability impaired”, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.  He was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to attend at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford on December 15, 2014, to answer to these charges.  He was issued a 90 day driver’s licence suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days. 

                                                                           

ADJUST YOU DRIVING HABITS TO THE CONDITIONS

by DrivePerth  

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) – Winter conditions have returned to Perth County and as a result the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to eleven collisions on Thursday November 2014.  

The investigating officers found that in the majority of these collisions speed and lack of proper tires played a factor.

The Perth County OPP wants to remind motorists that although they cannot control the road or weather conditions, they can control the vehicle they are driving.  Electronic traction control, all-wheel drive and snow tires will all help to maintain control of your vehicle, but the safest way to drive in winter is to reduce your speed.  Remember that an ordinary driver reacts to the changing road and weather conditions, while a good driver anticipates problems before they occur.  Slow down, stay alert, stay in control and arrive safely at your destination. 

TRAILER STOLEN FROM PARR LINE BUSINESS

by DrivePerth  

(BLUEWATER, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating the early morning theft of an enclosed cargo trailer stolen from a business located on Parr Line.  This morning at approximately 12:30 a.m. a light coloured, full sized pickup truck with a topper entered the property and was seen leaving shortly thereafter pulling away with the stolen trailer.  The suspect vehicle was last seen travelling northbound on Parr Line.    

The Cargo Mate, Model 824 enclosed trailer is approximately 30 feet in length and is painted black.  The trailer is estimated to be worth approximately $12,000.      

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.  

CRASH AT STOP SIGN CONTROLLED INTERSECTION

by DrivePerth  

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) – On Tuesday November 11, 2014 around 3:30 p.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Line 39 and Road 122 north of Stratford.

Investigation revealed that a Hyundai SUV was travelling north on Road 122 and upon approaching Line 39 made a right turn directly in front of an east bound Volkswagen sedan.  The lone male occupant of the Volkswagen, a 21 year old male driver from Delhi was uninjured.  The female driver of the Hyundai, a 51 year old resident from the state of South Carolina was also uninjured.  She has been charged with “Disobey stop sign, fail to stop”. 

Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene.

VEHICLE CRASHES INTO HYDRO POLE

by DrivePerth  

(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON) - On Tuesday November 11, 2014, shortly before 9 a.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to the intersection of Wellington Street and Henry Street in Mitchell where a collision had occurred.

Investigation revealed that a Dodge Ram pickup truck was travelling north bound on Wellington Street when it was struck by an east bound Volkswagen car travelling on Henry Street.  The Volkswagen proceeded into the intersection without stopping and collided with the rear driver’s side corner of the pickup truck.  The impact forced the pickup truck onto the boulevard on the north east corner of the intersection, where it struck a hydro pole.  The Volkswagen came to rest on the roadway.

The 31 year old female driver of the Volkswagen as well as the 46 year old female driver of the pickup truck sustained minimal injuries and were transported by ambulance to a local hospital.  The 13 and 14 year old female passengers of the pickup truck were treated at the scene.  All involved persons are residents of the Municipality of West Perth.  

The driver of the Volkswagen has been charged with “Disobey stop sign”.

Two hours after this collision an OPP officer was conducting patrols along Wellington Street in front of the Community Centre (where Remembrance Day ceremonies were being conducted).  This location is one block south of the above noted collision scene. The officer observed a northbound car on Wellington Street drive through the stop sign controlled intersection at Rowland Street without stopping.

The 50 year old female driver of the car, a resident of Stratford was also charged with “Disobey stop sign, fail to stop”.

INTERSECTION RELATED CRASH UNDER INVESTIGATION

by DrivePerth  

(HURON EAST, ON) -  Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating a two vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Kippen Road and Morrison Line just before 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.  

Preliminary investigation has revealed a Ford Escape sports utility vehicle was northbound on Morrison Line when it collided with a Peterbilt semi-tractor trailer that was westbound on Kippen Road.  

The driver and lone occupant of the Ford Escape, 34 year old Brian SCHULTZ from Zurich was transported by land ambulance to a local hospital.  He remains in hospital with life threatening injuries.  

The driver and lone occupant of the transport truck was uninjured.  

OPP West Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI) are currently on scene investigating.   

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Any person with information regarding this collision should immediately contact Huron County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

NOTE:   Kippen Road is closed at Morrison Line.  Please take alternate routes to avoid delays.

MALE INJURED BY TRACTOR

by DrivePerth  

(MORRIS-TURNBERRY, ON) -  A 67 year old male from Morris-Turnberry remains in hospital with serious injuries following an accident with a tractor.  On November 10, 2014 at 12:40 p.m. Huron OPP officers, Huron EMS paramedics and North Huron Fire Department firefighters responded to a farm property located on Glenannon Road to assist an injured male.  

Emergency responders attended the scene and located the injured male trapped beneath a running farm tractor.  The injured male had been working underneath the tractor when the tractor went into gear and ran over the male.  

The injured male was transported to a hospital in London by air ambulance.  The 67 year old male from Morris-Turnberry remains in hospital with serious injuries.

STOLEN TRUCK FOUND DESTROYED BY FIRE

by DrivePerth  

(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating the theft and subsequent arson of a pickup truck stolen from a Princess Street East residence in Clinton.  On November 9, 2014 Huron OPP officers were contacted by the pickup truck owner.  A neighbor of the victim reported she observed a suspect leave in the pickup truck on November 8, 2014 between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.   The suspect was described as a male wearing a bright orange hunting jacket. 

Two days after the theft, the grey 1996 Toyota Tacoma was found on a trail close to Conservation Line at the Hullett Wildlife Conservation Area.  The pickup truck had sustained extensive fire damage.  

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.  

RACING CHARGE LAID

by DrivePerth  

(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – A male driver from Goderich is facing a one week driver’s licence suspension and a vehicle impoundment for seven days following a traffic stop early this morning.  At approximately 3:15 a.m. a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer observed a Toyota Corolla speeding on Huron Road near Pondsview Road east of Goderich.  The officer confirmed his observations with a RADAR device and measured the speed of the vehicle at a speed of 131 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone.  

A traffic stop was completed and the driver was subsequently charged.  The driver, 53, from Goderich has been charged with Race a Motor Vehicle.  His driver’s licence has been suspended for seven days and his vehicle has been impounded for the week.  He has a court appearance scheduled for January 6, 2015 at Provincial Offences Court – Goderich.  

BREAK & ENTER ATTEMPT

by DrivePerth  

(SOUTH HURON, ON) -  Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating what is believed to be a break and enter attempt to a pharmacy located in Exeter.  Huron OPP officers were notified of the break and enter attempt on Sunday, November 9, 2014.  Sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on November 8, 2014 suspects damaged an interior stairwell wall of an apartment building located on Main Street South in Exeter.  The suspects kicked the interior wall breaching the interior wall of the stairwell however they didn’t get past the inside wall of the adjacent pharmacy.  Although the suspect(s) were unsuccessful gaining entry into the pharmacy they caused approximately $300 in damage to the wall.  

 Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. 

IMPAIRED BY DRUG CHARGE LAID

by DrivePerth  

(BLUEWATER, ON) – Huron Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers have laid charges against a Huron East man following a traffic stop on November 7, 2014.  Just after 8:00 a.m. Huron OPP received a 9-1-1 call from a concerned citizen regarding the driving of a Hyundai Elantra driver.  The witness reported the driver of the Hyundai was swerving into oncoming traffic as he travelled eastbound on Huron Road.  Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle travelling southbound on London Road near Vanastra.   A Huron OPP officer observed the suspect vehicle cross the centre line into the path of two vehicles just prior to stopping the vehicle.

Upon speaking with the driver, the officer noticed the driver was under the influence of an illegal drug.  A field sobriety test was completed and the driver failed the test.

The driver was arrested and a search incident to arrest revealed the driver was in possession of suspected methamphetamine.

A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) attended to assist with the investigation and a series of tests were completed.  The DRE confirmed the driver was under the influence of an illegal drug and his ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired.  

 

As a result, a 53 year old from Huron East has been charged with Impaired Driving and Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine.  He has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for November 17, 2014 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

ERRATIC DRIVER STOPPED & CHARGED

by DrivePerth  

(SOUTH HURON, ON) – A young driver is facing multiple charges after he was stopped by police late Saturday night.  At approximately 11:40 p.m. on November 8, 2014 Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers received information that the driver of a Toyota Corolla was driving in an erratic manner as he entered into Exeter.  The witness also reported the vehicle was being operated without taillights and only one operating headlamp.   

A Huron OPP officer spotted the suspect vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, at the intersection of Andrew Street and Sanders Street.  The vehicle was stopped and police spoke with the driver.  Upon speaking with the driver officers determined he had been drinking alcohol.  A roadside screening test was administered and the driver registered a fail.  He was arrested and transported to the Exeter OPP Detachment for breath tests. He provided two samples of his breath to a qualified Intoxilizer Technician and both samples registered over the legal limit.  

A search incident to arrest was completed and it revealed the driver was in possession of marihuana.

 

As a result, the 19 year old from Exeter has been charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Over 80 Milligrams of Alcohol, Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Marihuana and Young Driver Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Above Zero.  He has a court appearance scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Exeter on December 18, 2014.  He received an automatic 90 day driver’s licence suspension and his motor vehicle has been impounded for seven days. 

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