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Timmins man charged with impaired driving during road safety week

Speeding violations account for half the notices issued during Canada Road Safety Week
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NEWS RELEASE
TIMMINS POLICE SERVICE
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In keeping with the safety oriented goals identified in Canada Road Safety Week, the Timmins Police Service has completed its statistical tally in relation to the traffic safety initiatives that were focused on enhancing road safety during this national campaign. 

For the duration of the campaign which ran from May 12 to May 18, a total of 79 Provincial Offence Notices (PON) were issued along with several verbal warnings by the Timmins Police Service. 

Forty of those PON’s were issued in relation to speeding violations observed by the Timmins Police Service officers. 

Traffic enforcement attention was devoted to those identified areas where collisions are most prone to occur within the city and included Algonquin Blvd, Hwy 101 – Schumacher area, Jubilee Avenue, Ross Avenue, Eighth Avenue, Government Road South and Crawford Street in South Porcupine. 

Seat belt offences continue to be highly represented in local Road Safety Week statistics which confounds local police as the proper use of a seatbelt is the most basic and efficient piece of safety equipment in anyone’s vehicle. 

Nine drives were recipients of a PON in regards to seat belt usage during the campaign. 

In addition, a 23-year-old male resident of Timmins was arrested and charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle during the Road Safety Week campaign stemming from an incident involving erratic driving during the early morning hours of Saturday, May 16.

The 2007 Honda Civic was noted as being operated in an erratic fashion and was located by the Timmins Police Service. 

Subsequent assessments by the Timmins Police Service – Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) has led to charges against the accused who now has a August 25 court date on the horizon to answer to the Criminal Code charge laid against him. 

Timmins Police Traffic Sergeant Thomas Chypyha adds “Traffic safety remains a top priority for the Timmins Police Service on a 24/7/365 basis. These recent statistics demonstrate the need for individual drivers to address their comportment while at the wheel as public safety tends to suffer when responsible driving habits are ignored.” 

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Maija Hoggett

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Maija Hoggett is an experienced journalist who covers Timmins and area
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