Impaired Driving

(Innisfil, ON) On Saturday, February 20, 2021, at approximately 8:15 p.m., the South Simcoe Police Service was called to a report of a collision involving a pickup truck on the ice on Lake Simcoe in Innisfil. The investigation determined that the truck drove at a high rate of speed off the end of Shore Acres Drive, hit a pressure crack protruding upward and become airborne before the vehicle landed back down on the ice. The driver was transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was subsequently transferred to a Toronto trauma centre. 38-year-old Andrew Benedict of Guelph was charged with Operation While Impaired, Operation While Impaired – Excess Blood Alcohol and Dangerous Operation. His licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days.

Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada. These tragedies are 100% preventable. Don’t drive impaired. Make the right choice for your safety and the safety of others.

Fraud Warning

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service is reminding residents to be wary of emails asking for money – even if they appear to be from a person or organization you know. A Bradford man who belongs to a local organization recently received an email that appeared to be from the group’s president. The fake email requested an e-transfer of funds to a random email account the victim did not recognize. He became suspicious after receiving another email the next day asking for more money to be transferred to a different email address. The bank was able to stop the second e-transfer but the victim lost the first money he sent.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre urges citizens to always verify that the person or organization you’re dealing with is legitimate. Watch out for spoofed emails and always verify the identity of the sender. Do some research before you take action.

From Friday, February 19, 2021, to Monday, February 22, 2021, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 207 calls for service.