Impaired Driving

(Innisfil, ON) On Saturday, February 27, 2021 at approximately 8:30 a.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to a call regarding a fail to remain collision on the 10th Sideroad at the 14th Line in Innisfil. Once on scene, police determined that in fact a single vehicle collision had occurred when a driver lost control and collided with a wire guard rail. The driver who called to report the hit-and-run was arrested for impaired driving. No one was injured.

38-year-old Jeremy Thomson of Bradford was charged with Operation While Impaired and Operation While Impaired – Excess Blood Alcohol. His licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days. The accused was released with a future court date.

Impaired Driving

(Bradford, ON) On Sunday, February 28, 2021, at approximately 10:15 p.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers conducted a vehicle stop on Simcoe Road in Bradford after receiving a tip. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and transported to South Division.

As a result of the investigation, 50-year-old Zoran Kutlarovski of Bradford was charged with Operation While Impaired – Excess Blood Alcohol. His licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days. The accused was released with a future court date.

Alcohol — even one drink — can reduce your ability to react to things that happen suddenly. The effects of alcohol also include blurred or double vision, impaired attention and slowed reflexes. Alcohol-impaired driving is one of the leading causes of death on Ontario’s roads. Make the right choice. Always drive sober.

Driving in Whiteout Conditions

(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) When the winter storm hit our area on Monday, March 1, 2021, South Simcoe Police Service responded to over two dozen collisions in a span of several hours.

We thought we’d share these tips from the Ministry of Transportation for driving in blowing snow and whiteout conditions.

Before you drive — and during your trip — check weather forecasts and road reports. If there is a weather warning, or reports of poor visibility and driving conditions, delay your trip until conditions improve, if possible. If you get caught driving in blowing snow or a whiteout, follow these safe driving tips:

DO:
Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
Make sure the full lighting system of your vehicle is turned on.
Use your low-beam headlights. High beams reflect off the ice particles in the snow, making it harder to see.
If you have fog lights on your vehicle, use them, in addition to your low beams.
Be patient. Avoid passing, changing lanes and crossing traffic.
Increase your following distance. You will need extra space to brake safely.
Stay alert. Keep looking as far ahead as possible.
Reduce the distractions in your vehicle. Your full attention is required.
Keep your windows and mirrors clean. Use defroster and wipers to maximize your vision.
Try to get off the road when visibility is near zero. Pull into a safe parking area if possible.

DON’T
Don’t stop on the travelled portion of the road. You could become the first link in a chain-reaction collision.
Don’t attempt to pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.

REMEMBER
Watch your speed. You may be going faster than you think. If so, reduce speed gradually.
Leave a safe braking distance between you and the vehicle ahead.
Stay alert, remain calm and be patient.
If visibility is decreasing rapidly, do not stop on the road. Look for an opportunity to pull off the road into a safe parking area and wait for conditions to improve.
If you become stuck or stranded in severe weather, stay with your vehicle for warmth and safety until help arrives. Open a window slightly for ventilation. Run your motor sparingly. Use your emergency flashers.
Be prepared and carry a winter driving survival kit that includes items such as warm clothing, non-perishable energy foods, flashlight, shovel and blanket.
It is important to look ahead and watch for clues that indicate you need to slow down and anticipate slippery road conditions.

 

On Monday, March 1, 2021, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 109 calls for service.

 





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