Man faces charge of drinking in vehicle
On Jan. 10, at 11:46 a.m. the East Algoma OPP received a call pertaining to a male consuming alcohol while inside his vehicle, which was parked downtown Elliot Lake.
Police located the vehicle and a subsequent traffic stop was conducted. A strong odour of alcohol was emanating from the vehicle.
Andreas Sandrock, 55 years of age, from Elliot Lake, was charged with: driving motor vehicle with open container of liquor.
The OPP remind motorists that no amount of alcohol or drug is acceptable to consume and drive. Report impaired drivers. Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, dial 911 or contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
Man faces driving while suspended charge
On Jan. 19, at approximately 10 a.m., East Algoma OPP officers were patrolling on Hillside Drive South, in Elliot Lake.
Police conducted a traffic stop.
Phillip Charlie Millar, 36 years of age, from Elliot Lake, was charged with driving while suspended.
The accused is scheduled to appear in Elliot Lake Court on Feb. 7.
Man charged with driving while suspended
On Jan. 19, at approximately 4 p.m., the East Algoma OPP officers were patrolling on Kilborn Way, in Elliot Lake.
Police conducted a traffic stop.
Spencer Lamothe, 26 years of age, from Elliot Lake, was charged with driving while suspended.
The accused is scheduled to appear in Elliot Lake Court on March 7.
Distracted driving can kill
The East Algoma OPP is reminding drivers that no form of distracted driving is OK. Officers are out on our roadways taking a combined approach of education and focussed enforcement.
All it takes is one second of taking your eyes off the road while driving, and disaster could strike. Numerous studies have been conducted on the risks associated with distracted driving. In particular, texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. Many of these studies have confirmed that this form of distracted driving is as dangerous as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs – which we all know is wrong.
Very importantly, distracted driving does not just include texting/talking on cell phones. The OPP continues to lay numerous charges every year against motorists whose driving ability is compromised by other distractions, such as eating, self-grooming, and tending to kids in the back seat, just to name a few.
Driving involves sharing space with other drivers, their passengers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. And, it is impossible to do so safely unless your eyes and mind are solely focused on driving.
“Distracted driving related collisions are 100% preventable,” says East Algoma detachment commander Yves Forget. “Passengers need to speak up and tell the driver because their safety is compromised as well.”
The OPP is calling on responsible drivers and passengers to speak up and refuse to tolerate distracted driving. Take a zero tolerance approach to distracted driving. Take charge of your own safety and speak up when you are in a vehicle being driven by someone who is not paying attention to the road and is endangering your life. The goal is to make distracted driving as socially unacceptable as impaired driving. Enforcement and education are important to putting an end to distracted driving province wide.
The OPP is reminding drivers who choose to continue to drive while distracted that they face a set fine of $490 including the victim surcharge and a court fee, along with three demerit points. Motorists charged with distracted driving who contest the charges, can be fined up to $1,000 and three demerit points on conviction.
Source: Elliot Lake Standard