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Family Day traffic enforcement initiative nets seizure of 130 grams of cannabis

2017-12- 08 Timmins Police Cruiser MH
Timmins Police cruiser. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

In keeping with its ongoing commitment to enhancing traffic safety, the Timmins Police Service engaged in a Family Day traffic enforcement initiative.

As a result this enforcement presence campaign, one driver was located and charged with Impaired Operation by Drug contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Three drivers were issued Provincial Offence Act summonses stemming from:

  • two located incidents of driving while suspended
  • one incident of drive motor vehicle - no currently validated permit

A total of 27 provincial offence notices were issued for violations under the Highway Traffic Act along with twenty-two 72-hour warnings being issued by the Timmins Police Service for Highway Traffic Act infractions.

One traffic stop yielded the seizure of 130 grams of cannabis being seized.

In keeping with the safety initiative, acting Sergeant Rantala reports that numerous verbal warnings were issued to drivers based on documentation lapses or driving behaviors that merited police interactions.

A number of drivers were required to complete roadside breath testing procedures by means of an Approved Screening Device. None of these incidents required further police action.

Timmins roadways were not the only focal point of this safety campaign as local snowmobile trails were patrolled as well on Family Day by the Timmins Police Service. 

These patrols resulted in two Provincial Offence Notices being issued to snowmobile operators for infractions under the Motorized Snowmobile Act along with four 72 hour warnings being issued. Patrol officers issued several verbal warnings to snowmobile operators as well.

In total, 109 snowmobiles were stopped to verify sobriety while patrolling the Timmins area trail systems.

Timmins Police Service officers were pleased that the vast majority of snowmobilers were found to be in full compliance in terms of sobriety, documentation, and trail passes. In all but a few cases, Timmins Police Service officers conducting the trail patrols received positive feedback from the riders who were pleased to see a police presence on the trails.

If a person chooses to indulge in consuming alcohol or other intoxicants, the decision to take to the trails afterwards has proven to be a lethal one in certain circumstances.

The Timmins Police Service is actively engaged in contributing manpower and resources toward the shared goal of a safe and enjoyable snowmobile season, free of preventable legal entanglements linked to impaired operation of a snowmobile and other preventable infractions.