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Traffic enforcement blitz leads to more than 300 charges laid

By Adam Riley Aug 1, 2023 | 4:00 PM

A traffic blitz by city police and Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation yielded 324 charges and resulted in 17 vehicles being taken off the road.

The enforcement took place last week on Highway 11-17 and Dawson Road with a focus on both passenger and commercial vehicles.

Many offences were related to speeding, with one stunt driving charge for a driver who was clocked at 100 km/hr in a 50 zone.

Other infractions included unsafe vehicles, emissions, insecure loads and, equipment and document offences.

Police also continue to appeal to the public for information in connection to an incident during the blitz, when one driver evaded a traffic stop and drove through a construction zone at a high rate of speed.

On Day 3 drones were utilized to target the commercial vehicles for following to closely, a tactic used quite successfully in the past.

One of three drones used by Thunder Bay Police as part of their drone program which have aided investigations from traffic collisions and enforcement to missing persons (Adam Riley / Acadia Broadcasting)

Issues in the area have been highlighted by residents and businesses in the past, and police will continue to monitor the area with focused traffic enforcement in the area.

Which could come in the form of future projects involving multiple parties or day to day patrols.


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