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Perth County OPP Reports - August 02, 2014

Web posted on August 02, 2014

DRIVER MAKES A POOR CHOICE

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON) - On Saturday July 26, 2014, around 11:30 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a traffic complaint involving a vehicle swerving all over the road on Line 81 near Trowbridge.

Officers arrived in the area within minutes of the call and located the suspect vehicle in a driveway. The male driver of the vehicle displayed signs of impairment. He was arrested and transported to the Stratford Police Station where he failed two Intoxilyzer breath tests.

Abram WALL (33) of the Municipality of North Perth has been charged with "care or control while impaired", and "care or control over 80 mgs" these charges are both contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

He is to appear at the Listowel Court of Justice on September 03, 2014 to answer to these charges. He was issued a 90 day driver's licence suspension and the pickup truck has been impounded for seven days.

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DRIVER FACES CHARGES AFTER FAILING TO DIM LIGHTS

(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON) - On Saturday July 26, 2014, shortly after 10 p.m., a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer stopped a 19 year old Municipality of West Perth Male who was operating a pickup truck on William Street in Mitchell. The male had failed to dim his headlights while meeting the OPP cruiser.

The officer administered a roadside breath test on the driver which determined that he had been consuming alcohol and had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (B.A.C) above zero. The male was charged with "young driver- B.A.C. above zero" contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario. He was also charged with "driving motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor" contrary to the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario.

All young drivers are reminded that there are stiff penalties for driving a motor vehicle with a B.A.C above zero. All drivers who are 21 or under must have a B.A.C level of zero when operating a motor vehicle. If these drivers are caught with any amount of alcohol in their blood, they will receive an immediate 24-hour roadside driver licence suspensions, or a 30 day suspension and up to $500 in fines.

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TRANSPORT TRUCK AND MINIVAN COLLIDE

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) - On Thursday July 31, 2014, at 4:24 p.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers dispatched to a serious two vehicle collision at the intersection of Perth Road 121 and Line 67.

Investigation revealed that a Chrysler Town and Country minivan was travelling south bound on Perth Road 121 approaching Line 67. A Peterbilt truck pulling a full sized trailer loaded with gravel was travelling west bound on Line 67.

The truck proceeded into the intersection colliding with the driver's side of the minivan. The impact caused both vehicles to end up in a soybean field located to the south west of the intersection.

The impact resulted in injuries to the seven occupants of the minivan. A male child and an adult male were transported from the scene by air ambulance to a London hospital. The remaining two children and three adults were transported to local hospital by land ambulance.

One of these three adults, the 34 year old male driver of the van a resident from the Township of Perth South has since been transported to a London hospital for further treatment. The driver of the transport truck, a 23 year old male resident of the Municipality of North Perth was uninjured.

Perth Road 121 between Line 61 (in Poole) and Perth Line 72 (in Millbank) is expected to remain closed until approximately 10 p.m. This will allow the Perth County OPP and the OPP Western Region Traffic Collision Investigation Unit to safely investigate this collision. Charges are pending.

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ALCOHOL A FACTOR IN ALMOST HALF OF BOATING DEATHS SAYS OPP

(ORILLIA, ON) Alcohol was a factor in 42 per cent of the 18 boating fatalities investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) this season. Over the Civic Day Long Weekend (August 2-4), the OPP is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council and enforcement agencies across Canada for Operation Dry Water, a national campaign aimed at decreasing incidents of injury and death related to operating a boat while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

The majority of boating tragedies are preventable and everyone on the water has a role to play to ensure it is a safe and enjoyable activity. "We are all responsible for safety, as boaters, cottagers, guests as well as marina staff," said Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox, Commander of the Highway Safety Division. "Strongly encourage your family and friends to not mix drinking and boating before they head out and report impaired boaters to police," added Cox.

In Ontario, the consumption of alcohol by anyone on board any boat underway is unlawful. Boaters are allowed to have open alcohol only on boats with permanent sleeping, cooking and washroom facilities built into the boat's design and only when those boats are docked or at anchor.

Whether operating a motorized boat, canoe or any other type of marine vessel, doing so while impaired by alcohol or drugs is investigated similarly to driving a land vehicle and has the same consequences. Impaired operators face criminal charges and immediate suspension of their driving privileges for motor vehicles.

OPP marine officers continue to patrol Ontario waterways, promoting safety through equipment checks, encouraging paddlers and small craft operators to wear their life jackets and focusing on alcohol enforcement and deterring reckless behaviours.

Get on board...don't drink and boat!


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