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Perth County OPP Reports - May 20, 2014

Web posted on May 20, 2014

DRIVER OF STOLEN PICKUP FAILS TO REMAIN AT SCENE OF COLLISION

(WEST PERTH, ON) - Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating a fail to remain collision that took place this morning involving a stolen pickup truck. Shortly after 9:00 a.m. Perth County OPP officers along with Perth County EMS and West Perth Fire Department responded to a two vehicle collision northeast of Mitchell at the intersection of Line 36 and Road 150.

Police investigation revealed the driver of a red GMC Savana cube van was travelling westbound on Line 36 when he observed the driver of a small, black, four-door sedan travelling northbound on Road 150 fail to stop at the stop sign and proceed through the intersection.

Seconds later, the driver of stolen grey 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup failed to stop at the intersection and the Tundra collided with the driver's side of the Savana van pushing the van off of the roadway.

A witness observed the driver of the small, black, four-door sedan turn around and immediately return to the scene to pick up the driver of the stolen Toyota Tundra. The black sedan then sped away at a high rate of speed last seen travelling eastbound on Line 36.

The driver of the GMC Savana van, a 40 year old male from Stratford remains in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers determined the Toyota Tundra and an attached trailer were stolen a few minutes before the collision from a nearby farm located on Line 32. The thieves disconnected the trailer and it was recovered a short distance up the road from where it was stolen.

Perth County OPP would like to speak with any person that has information regarding the fail to remain collision or the stolen pickup occurrence. The Perth County OPP Crime Unit can be contacted by calling 1-888-310-1122.

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.

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MOTORCYCLIST FORTUNATE TO WALK AWAY FROM CRASH

(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON) - On Thursday May 08, 2014, shortly after 11 p.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to a collision at the intersection of Wellington St and Frank St in Mitchell.

Investigation revealed that a Pontiac sedan had been travelling south bound on Wellington St when it turned east on Frank St. directly in front of a Kawasaki motorcycle that was travelling west bound on Frank St. The motorcyclist attempted to stop and avoid colliding with the car but was unable to do so.

The motorcycle struck the front drivers side of the Pontiac. The 19 year old male motorcyclist, a resident of the Municipality of West Perth was thrown to the ground but did not sustain injuries.

The 19 year old female driver of the Pontiac, a Stratford resident was also uninjured. She has been charged with "left turn fail to afford reasonable opportunity to avoid collision".

Motorists are urged to watch for motorcycles at intersections as over one third of motorcycle collisions are intersection related. At stop sign controlled intersections, consciously STOP & LOOK for traffic on the through highway.

Motorcycles are more difficult to see than other vehicles since their profile is smaller from most angles. A motorcycles speed and distance is also easier to misjudge, therefore give them space and do not take chances. Make sure you don't pull out in front of or cut off a motorcycle, they are just as entitled to use the road as you are.

Motorcyclists are reminded that they are usually one of the smallest vehicles on the road and you are more likely to be injured or killed if you are involved in a collision. Make sure you are seen, you cannot assume that other drivers see you. Drivers who have collided with motorcycles often say they did not see the motorcycle until it was too late.

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STOP SIGN VIOLATIONS IN ST.MARY'S

(ST.MARYS, ON) - During two short periods on two separate days, a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer conducted stop sign observations and enforcement at the intersection of Maxwell St. and Huron St. in St.Marys. This action was the result of complaints received from local residents who were concerned about motorists not obeying the stop signs.

On Tuesday May 06, 2014 between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., seven motorists were given a stop sign violation ticket.

On Friday May 09, 2014 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., ten motorists received a ticket for the same offence.

The officer who was parked in a fully marked OPP cruiser issued the offending motorist a ticket that read "disobey stop sign fail to stop". Aside from the $110 ticket, these motorists also accumulate three demerit points. Of the seventeen motorists, fifteen were local residents who live within a one block radius of the intersection.

The Highway Traffic Act states that, drivers approaching a stop sign at an intersection, shall stop their vehicle at a marked stop line or, if none, then immediately before entering the nearest crosswalk or, if none, then immediately before entering the intersection.

Coming to a complete stop and obeying stop signs is vitally important to the safety of all road users.


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