OPP lay 51 charges during one-day safety blitz in Centre Wellington

CENTRE WELLINGTON – Local police laud over 50 charges in a one-day safety blitz here earlier this week.

Wellington County OPP officials say officers conducted a “targeted traffic safety enforcement initiative” in the township on April 7.

Police say the blitz focused on the OPP’s “big 4” offences –  speeding/aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and seatbelt usage – which are “the most common contributing factors to death, serious injury and property damage on our roads and highways.”

Officers laid a total of 51 charges during the initiative:

  • 29 for commercial vehicle offences;
  • 12 for speeding;
  • two for distracted driving;
  • two for failing to properly wear a seatbelt;
  • six for other Highway Traffic Act offences; and
  • six total warnings.

Police add three commercial motor vehicles were taken out of service “due to critical safety defects.”

Wellington County OPP will be conducting multiple one-day targeted traffic safety initiatives in different communities throughout the county, police officials say.