Rural communities have historically seen a number of serious injury and fatal motor vehicle collisions. On the morning of Thursday, January 29, 2015, in anticipation of the forecast inclement weather, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Special Enforcement Unit conducted a speed enforcement exercise in the Municipalities of Pelham and West Lincoln. The goal of the exercise was to educated and slow down the travelling public through high visibility enforcement. A combination of marked and unmarked police vehicles were used during this initiative.

Between the hours of 9am and 2pm a total of 27 Provincial offence notices were issued.  Of those charged, 5 drivers were travelling in excess of 30km/hr over the speed limit and two drivers were charged at 45 km/hr over the speed limit. Two other drivers were charged with suspended driving and driving without insurance respectively.

One driver travelling 125 km/hr in the 80km/hr zone passed an unmarked police car. When stopped the driver was found to be unlicenced.  The public should be aware that when operating a motor vehicle without the required licence you are considered to be uninsured in the eyes of insurance companies.

Just as the inclement weather began a female driver was stopped for expired validation on her plate permit.  The officer detected alcohol on her breath and made a demand for a roadside breath sample into an alcotest. The female refused and was arrested and charged criminally with refusing a roadside demand. Her vehicle was impounded for 7 days and her driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days.

The Niagara Regional Police Service remains dedicated to the safety on the roadways of the Niagara Region. Please remember that road conditions can change very quickly, particularly during the winter months in rural areas that are susceptible to blowing winds and snow across roadway adjacent to large open fields.

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