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Perth County OPP Reports - March 19, 2014

Web posted on March 19, 2014

DRIVERS STILL USING HAND HELD DEVICES WHILE DRIVING

(ST.MARYS, ON) - On Tuesday March 18, 2014, new fines for distracted driving went into effect, increasing from $155 to $280. However as Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers discovered, this was no deterrent for three motorists who felt the need to communicate on their handheld electronic device. One of these three motorists was observed operating an eighteen wheeler through the busy St.Marys downtown while talking on his cell phone.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, a Perth County OPP officer observed the tractor trailer driving east bound on Queen St West in downtown St.Marys, while the male driver was talking on his cell phone. The officer immediately activated the cruiser lights and followed the truck out of the downtown.

When the truck driver failed to pull over, the officer activated the cruiser siren and followed the truck for an additional four blocks before the truck driver finally observed the cruiser and stopped his vehicle.

The truck driver was issued a $280 ticket for "drive hand-held communication device". The driver was aware of the increased fines and did have the technology for hands-free communication in his truck. The other two drivers were also charged with the same offence.

The Perth County OPP will continue their education and enforcement efforts in combating distracted driving, as it has become the number one factor in motor vehicle related collision deaths on OPP patrolled roadways.

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DIESEL FUEL STOLEN

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) - On Monday March 17, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to Kraemer Concrete located along Road 119 at Road 130 (south of Milverton). The owner had discovered theft of fuel from large storage tanks on the property.

Investigation indicated that the thefts occurred at two separate occasions. One theft occurred sometime during the night of Wednesday the 12th of March, while the second theft occurring during the weekend, between the 14th -16th of March.

A cube van or full sized pickup truck carrying a holding tank or a vehicle pulling a closed trailer housing a fuel tank could have been used. The value of the stolen diesel fuel is estimated to be $3,000

Anyone having information about these thefts 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.


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