"Unfortunately, too many motorists still don't
believe we will take their car and licence if
they are caught doing more than 50 kilometres
over the posted speed limit and making unsafe
turns, racing and doing wheelies on a motorcycle
as well as other dangerous manoeuvres,"
Commissioner Fantino said.
finding that we will. We're unrelenting. We're
not going to give up. We're going to do whatever
it takes to change people's inappropriate habits
- one dangerous driver at a time if that's what
Four people died on OPP-controlled highways
over the Thanksgiving weekend this year; five
died last year.
Across the province, OPP laid 5,087 speeding
charges, and 619 moving hazard violations, which
includes careless driving.
The Thanksgiving weekend, known for spikes in
accidents as many head to cottage country, also
saw 506 seatbelt violations and 127 half-day
In Eastern Ontario, OPP issued 925 speeding
tickets and charged 31 people with drinking and
Twenty-seven drivers were issued 12-hour
licence suspensions. Police also laid seven
careless driving charges, and handed out 89
tickets for seatbelt infractions and 91 tickets
for other moving violations.
The OPP also recounted several notable
One was a motorcycle driver who was driving
210 kilometers per hour on Highway 400.
The man was initially clocked at 180 km/h and
then sped up after being chased by a police
The driver then collided with an OPP cruiser
at the Highway 7 exit. He had his motorcycle
seized and faces several charges.
Another motorcyclist was stopped and found to
have had 30 convictions, 21 for speeding, and no
insurance. He was also driving with a suspended
"Unfortunately, some still aren't getting the
message," Chief Supt. Bill Grodzinski said in a
Meanwhile in Ottawa, OPP issued 116 tickets,
and while the majority were for speeding, four
drivers were charged with operating over the
legal alcohol limit and one was charged with
possession of marijuana.
Police are also seeking information from
anyone who witnessed a single vehicle collision
on Oct. 4 that took place on Highway 416 near
the Rideau River Bridge.
The crash involved a stolen blue 2003 Honda
Civic, which rolled off the left side of the
roadway after racing with another motorist
before the crash.
Any witnesses should contact the OPP Ottawa
detachment at 613-828-9171.
© Ottawa Citizen 2007