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Norfolk traffic blitz nets 98 charges

(File photo)

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Dozens of drivers were served with hefty fines during the Norfolk OPP’s latest Zero Tolerance-Zero Collisions blitz.

The latest attempt to rein in reckless drivers occurred during business hours last week on Wednesday and Thursday.

A total of 98 charges were laid, the vast majority of them for violations of the Highway Traffic Act.

In previous blitzes, Norfolk OPP have targeted roadways with a history of collisions and traffic complaints.

Last week’s crackdown occurred on Highway 24 from Simcoe to St. John’s Road, St. John’s Road East from Highway 24 to Highway 6 and surrounding areas, and Blue Line Road from Waterford south to Radical Road in Port Dover and surrounding areas.

During the two-day enforcement effort, Norfolk OPP laid 81 speeding charges and two stunt-driving charges.

There were also sundry charges for no proof of insurance, improper validation stickers, one charge for not respecting a stop sign, one charge for failing to produce a driver’s licence, and six charges under the Commercial Motor Vehicle Act.

Two motorists were also found in violation of the Tobacco Control Act.

“During the course of the campaign we still had drivers operating their vehicle with no regard for public safety,” Insp. Zvonko Horvat, chief of the Norfolk OPP, said Tuesday in a news release.

“We will continue this campaign every month in order to eliminate the senseless deaths that occur on our roadways. We ask the public to get on board. We need everyone to make a firm commitment to good driving behaviour and obeying all the laws of the road in order to keep everyone safe.”

Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said it is no coincidence that the bulk of the charges were related to speed. High speed is one of the leading preventable factors in collisions that cause property damage, bodily injury and worse.

“People have the ability to positively influence the behavioural change that is needed on the part of those drivers who still put innocent drivers at risk,” Sanchuk said in the same news release.

“The OPP will continue with education and enforcement on identified high-collision areas within Norfolk in hopes of reducing collisions.”

“The Norfolk OPP will continue with the Zero Tolerance-Zero Collisions campaign, which will be conducted every month with the ultimate goal of saving lives and reducing collisions,”