Just after 11:30 a.m., police encountered an Arctic Cat all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and a Kawasaki dirt bike travelling on Stone School Line. The officer spoke with the drivers and found them both to be driving without a driver’s licence. In addition, they were unlawfully driving off-road vehicles on a prohibited highway.
As a result, a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, both from Central Huron, have been charged under the Highway Traffic Act with unlawfully driving an off-road vehicle on a highway. They have scheduled court appearances for Provincial Offences Court – Goderich on Sept. 20, 2013.
Huron OPP would like to remind ATV drivers and the parents of young ATV drivers that it is mandatory to be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid class G2 or M2 licence or greater to legally drive an ATV on a highway. In addition, drivers are reminded to check with the municipality to confirm that ATVs are allowed on its roads, and if so, whether there are any restricted areas or rules they need to know about.
Further ATV safety and legal requirements can be found at www.ontario.ca/atv
POLICE RESPOND TO ASSAULT – MAN FACING CHARGES
SOUTH HURON – A 32-year-old male from Windsor is facing drug possession and breach of probation charges following a disturbance that took place at the Grand Bend Motorplex located on Grand Bend Line.
Just before 3 a.m. on Aug. 3, 2013 Huron County OPP officers responded to the Motorplex for a reported assault occurrence. On site security personnel detained two men who were involved in a physical altercation. Upon further investigation, the combatants were searched by police and a quantity of suspected marijuana was seized from one of the combatants. It was also determined he was currently serving a probation sentence with a condition to abstain from the possession of drugs.
As a result, the Windsor has been charged with possession of a cannabis marijuana and breach of probation. He has a court appearance scheduled for Aug. 12, 2013 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.
LONG WEEKEND STATISTICS
HURON COUNTY – It was a busy long weekend for the OPP as they stepped up enforcement across the province on roads, waterways and trails.
On roads, the OPP was counting on motorists to comply with the move over law and they also looked for aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, those in violations of seat belt laws and motorists who drove while distracted.
Over the weekend, the OPP reported one fatality on roads and another fatality in a marine incident. According to OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis, the 2013 civic holiday long weekend saw the lowest number of fatalities in areas under OPP jurisdiction in almost 20 years.
“I believe the public did an excellent job co-operating with our officers to keep the long weekend safe for everyone,” said Lewis. “I am extremely pleased to see the civic holiday long weekend end with the lowest fatality rate since 1995 and I encourage drivers, boaters and trail users to keep this positive trend up so that we can have one of the lowest fatality rates on record for the entire year,” he said.
Despite the low fatality rate, the OPP laid numerous charges for various offences over the weekend. These include: 290 charges for not obeying the move over law, 6,052 charges for speeding, 83 street racing charges, 375 seat belt charges, 96 charges for driving while impaired by drugs or having a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) above 0.08, and 233 distracted driving charges. The OPP also issued 91 roadside license suspensions to drivers with a BAC in the warn range of 0.05 to 0.08.