OPP reports successful conclusion to weekend emphasis on road safety

Lambton OPP say its Operation Impact over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend had its intended effect.

Sergeant Tim Ives, who heads the OPP’s traffic operations in the area, said making safety a priority is a continuing emphasis.

“We want the public to understand that if they exhibit high risk driving behaviours, they will have to face the consequences.”

During Operation Impact, Lambton County OPP officers charged 101 drivers for speeding; three motorists face charges related to distracted driving. Two dozen drivers were charged with other moving violations and six face charges of not wearing a seat belt.

The seat belt violations include one in which a motorist did not have a child properly restrained in the vehicle.

OPP say they set up 22 separate RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) checkpoints. As a result, two drivers lost their driving privileges; one driver is off the road for seven days as a result of alcohol-related infractions.

The fall Seat Belt campaign has also come to an end and in Lambton County officers laid a total of 106 charges (including those laid during Operation Impact.)

“We are fortunate that there were no serious injuries and no lives lost on OPP patrolled roadways in Lambton County this past weekend,” said Ives. “Our officers will continue with education and enforcement throughout the year as part of our ongoing effort to save lives.”

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