Law & Order

OPP charge Manitoulin male with multiple counts of B&E

On Saturday, June 20 at around 7:30 am, an officer of the Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call regarding a break and enter that occurred in a residence in Little Current. Upon investigating, further information and complaints were received from a number of residents and business owners of other break and enters that occurred in the community.

As a result of the officer’s extensive investigation, a 22-year-old male of Little Current was arrested and charged with 10 counts of Break and Enter with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused was remanded in custody and appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice Bail Court in Gore Bay on June 22, 2015.

Enjoy your Canada Day responsibly

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind motorists, boaters and all terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts to drive with care and the consideration needed to get to your destination safely.

Every operator has a responsibility to direct their entire attention to driving safely. Drivers need to remember that the true danger to public safety lies in the distraction, not the device. Distracted driving refers to all forms of distracted or inattentive driving, such as adjusting a vehicle’s entertainment or GPS unit or stereo, eating and drinking, using a hand-held device, self-grooming or tending to children in the backseat.

Collision fatalities in which driver inattention was a factor have surpassed alcohol-related fatalities since distracted driving laws came into effect in 2009—2014 marked the sixth consecutive year.

“Recently, OPP officers have responded to fatalities involving children, age 12 through to seniors. These deaths could have been prevented. Everyone needs to do their part in making our roads a safer place. Your main focus when on the road should be, on your driving behaviour,” shares S/Sgt. Kevin Webb, detachment commander with the Manitoulin OPP.

This Canada Day, celebrate the correct way—pay attention, don’t drink and drive and, when you are safe to do so, report bad driving to your nearest police agency immediately. Lives are depending on it.

Speed leads road death causal factors into Canada Day week

With 129 road deaths recorded on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads so far this year (the most recent still under investigation), the OPP is reporting that speed-related deaths currently lead the other high-risk behaviours that cause fatal motor vehicle collisions.

As of June 21, 28 people have died in collisions in which speed was a causal factor, surpassing inattentive-related (23) and alcohol or drug-related (14) deaths.

With many Ontarians travelling to vacation destinations and to various Canada Day celebrations, the OPP is asking road users throughout the province to help conduct a successful Aggressive Driving campaign between June 26 and July 1.

According to OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support, no one plays as significant a role in preventing aggressive driving-related road crashes as safe drivers.

“Safe drivers refrain from behaviours such as speeding, following too close, making unsafe lane changes and road rage—something drivers should never let influence their driving. We want to see all drivers adopt safe driving behaviours and take pride in the excellent example they set and for their contributions to helping us save lives on our roads,” said Deputy Commissioner Blair.

The OPP will be highly-visible during Canada Day Week, raising awareness and enforcing laws associated with aggressive driving and all other behaviours on the road that put the motoring public at risk.

Boating and off-roading will also be part of the Canada Day Week celebrations for many people. The OPP will be out on Ontario waterways and trails, encouraging boaters to wear their life jacket, ensuring that off-road enthusiasts are wearing a helmet and that everyone taking advantage of these two outdoor recreational activities keep themselves and their passengers safe at all times.

If you suspect that someone is operating a motor vehicle, boat or off-road vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. By working together, the OPP and the public can ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable Canada Day week!