Distracted Driving 

(Bradford, ON) A 36-year-old Bradford woman was charged with distracted driving while dropping a child off at school.

On Thursday, September 5, 2019 around 9:00 a.m., a female driver stopped beside a South Simcoe Police Service officer who was at a Bradford school for our All Hands On Deck back to school traffic safety campaign. The officer saw the woman on her phone, reached out of the cruiser window and knocked on her window to get her attention. There was a child in the vehicle that was being dropped off at school. The 36-year-old Bradford woman was charged with distracted driving. A charge was also laid for having no insurance. If convicted of distracted driving, the minimum penalty is a $615 fine, a three-day licence suspension and three demerit points for a first offence.

Distracted driving has caused more collisions than impaired drivers. Checking a text for 5 seconds means that, at 90 km/h, you’ve travelled the length of a football field blindfolded. A driver using a phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver focusing on the road. We urge you to keep your eyes on the road, yourhands on the wheel and your mind on the task of driving. Our high visibility, enhanced enforcement is there to ensure a safe return to classes for our children. 

Impaired Driving 

(Innisfil, ON) A 24-year-old Sharon man is charged with impaired driving-related offences after police were called about suspicious vehicle in Cookstown.

On Thursday, September 5, 2019 just before 5:00 a.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to report of a suspicious van parked on the street in the King Street South and Victoria Street West area. When police arrived, officers detected an odour of alcohol and the driver showed signs of impairment. The driver was arrested and transported to South Division where breath tests resulted in readings of twice the legal limit of alcohol. A 24-year-old Sharon man was charged with Impaired Operation, Over 80 and Drive Vehicle with Cannabis Readily Available. Because the man was a G2 licence holder, he was also charged with Novice Driver with BAC Above Zero. His licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days.

Thank you to the citizen that called us to report this suspicious vehicle. We encourage citizens to always report suspicious activity. In this case, the call helped us remove an impaired driver from our roads.

On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 92 calls for service.