ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
An increased police presence was evident in the town of Wasaga Beach and surrounding areas on Friday, September 23, well into the night, with officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Huronia West Detachment patrolling for the (HTA) and Criminal Code driving offenses to keep the community safe.
With the support of members of various OPP Detachments and Specialty Teams, Air Provincial Police, Ministry of Transportation Law Enforcement Officers and members of the Regional Police Service of York, South Simcoe Police Service and Barrie Police Service officers responded to 39 calls for service and investigated four vehicle collisions.
Numerous Reduced Driving Impaired Everywhere (RIDE) programs were also conducted with over 180 drivers checked for signs of impaired driving.
Officers issued 136 provincial offense notices for offenses related to the ETS, the Environmental Protection Act and the Liquor License Act. Many motorists have also been investigated and charged for speeding, vehicle exhaust systems and equipment violations.
A 28-year-old Maple driver was stopped driving 80 mph in an 80 mph zone on Highway 26 at Rainbow Valley Road in Clearview Township around 11:30 p.m. on September 23.
Other issues included bald rear tires, improper muffler, outdated plates, no front plate, and unnecessary noise. Huronia West OPP charged the driver accordingly and issued an automatic 30-day license suspension, 14-day impoundment and court date.
For more information on the consequences of speeding and aggressive driving, visit www.ontario.ca/page/speeding-and-aggressive-driving.
Officers on patrol stopped a vehicle for speeding on Dunkerron Avenue in Wasaga Beach shortly before 7 p.m. on September 23. As a result of the inquest, Paul Spenceley, 25, of Barrie, was criminally charged with impaired driving (blood alcohol level over 80).
The accused was released on a recognizance to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on October 11 and faces a 90-day driver’s license suspension and 14-day vehicle impoundment under the driver’s license from the Ministry of Transport.
Educating the public on safe driving practices with our community safety partners is a priority. If you see a possible impaired driver, please make the lifesaving call and dial 911.
Members of the public are reminded to respect our communities and not to compromise the safety of our citizens or our neighborhoods through risky, illegal and dangerous actions. Anyone who witnesses dangerous driving or illegal activity is asked to call the Huronia West OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 911 in an emergency.
A video with a message to the community from Detachment Commander Huronia West OPP Insp. Leah Gilfoy was shared on OPP Central Region social media: twitter.com/OPP_CR/status/1573771952900169735facebook.com/OPPCentralRegion/videos/477975707547486.