An OPP officer holds a radar gun
Haldimand OPP have warned motorists that a zero tolerance policy for Highway Traffic Act offences is in effect till the end of the month for select areas of the county.

Based on complaints and other factors, police will be especially vigilant on King Street East in Hagersville, Kohler Road in Cayuga and Port Maitland Road in Dunnville.

The Haldimand OPP reported Monday that officers with the detachment have issued 600 tickets for speeding and 39 tickets for distracted driving so far in 2018. Another 28 motorists have been charged with impaired driving.

“People come up with all kinds of excuses for why they were speeding but the bottom line is that you need to get to your destination safely,” Const. Rod LeClair, spokesperson for the Haldimand OPP, said in a news release.

“Putting your safety and the safety of others in jeopardy is not worth it. Speeding puts motorists and pedestrians at risk and the consequences can be tragic.

“Be a responsible driver and make responsible decisions. Don’t drink or take drugs and drive, obey the speed limit, wear your seatbelt and focus 100 percent on driving. Your lives and the lives of others depend on it.”

Haldimand OPP have heard some creative excuses from motorists since Aug. 1 for their poor driving habits. Examples cited include:

  • “Just returned from the United States and wasn’t thinking in kilometres per hour.”
  • “I wouldn’t be speeding if the kids were in school.”
  • “I’m trying to get to the gas station and I’m worried I will run out of gas.”
  • “I’m late for work.”
  • “I’m not from the area.”

Source: Simcoe Reformer