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Wellington County OPP Reports - July 07, 2017

Web posted on July 07, 2017

RACING CHARGES

(COUNTY OF WELLINGTON, ON) - On June 29, 2017 at approximately 10:15 p.m., a Wellington County OPP officer was monitoring traffic on County Road 30 near County Road 39, Township of Guelph-Eramosa. The officer observed a male driving a 2006 Acura RST travelling at a speed that appeared to be well above the posted speed limit. The vehicle was locked on radar at 130 km/h in a 70 km/h zone.

21-year-old Geresin GERESIN of Guelph has been charged with Race a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act and will appear in Guelph Provincial Court on August 2, 2017. His driver's licence and vehicle were seized for a period of seven days as per statute.

On June 29, 2017 at approximately 10:35 p.m. a Wellington County OPP officer was monitoring traffic on the Hanlon Parkway near Clair Road, City of Guelph. The officer observed a male driving a 2009 Honda Civic travelling at a speed that appeared to be well above the posted speed limit. The vehicle was locked on radar at 144 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone.

30-year-old Nadar HALABI of Ajax has been charged with Race a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act and will appear in Guelph Provincial Court on August 2, 2017. His driver's licence and vehicle were seized for a period of seven days as per statute.

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MOVE OVER - IT'S THE LAW

(WELLINGTON COUNTY, ON) -Wellington County OPP Officers were busy this past weekend participating in a traffic initiative aimed at enforcing laws implemented to keep everyone safe on the roads. Now Wellington County OPP would like to remind the public about the law in place to help keep officers and other emergency personnel safe on the road.

For safety reasons, the law, under section 159 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) of Ontario, requires all drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated.

If the highway has more than one lane, the law also requires all drivers to move over, leaving at least one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle, if it can be done safely.

While most incidences don't get reported many officers admit to having scary situations with passing traffic while at the side of the road with a motorist. Most recently a member of the Wellington County Traffic team reports having a car brush the back of her duty belt while the officer was at the side of the Hanlon Expressway.

"There's no excuse for a driver not slowing down and if applicable, moving over when they see emergency personnel at the side of the road with its lights activated. By not doing so they are putting the officer or emergency personnel at risk and the consequences can be tragic." Detachment Commander Scott Lawson.

Failure to comply can result in a $400-$2000 fine and three demerit points.

Subsequent offences can result in a $1000-$4000 fine; possible licence suspension; possible jail sentence of up to six months.

It is the responsibility of all motorists to know and obey the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

For more information, please see: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/emergency-vehicles.shtml


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