LEEDS – As officers investigate numerous collisions on Highway 401 during adverse weather conditions, members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Leeds County are asking for people to slow down.
On December 22, 2017 at about 8:00 a.m., officers of the Leeds County OPP Detachment stopped a motorist in Front of Yonge Township who had passed the cruiser at 145 km/hr during white out conditions. The driver was stopped and issued a provincial offences notice for Speeding.
About an hour later, another vehicle was stopped travelling westbound in Leeds and the Thousand Islands Township. The vehicle tailgated a cruiser and then passed it at 120 km/hr while holding his cell phone up and texting. That driver was charged with Careless Driving.
Leeds OPP detachment commander Mike Francis said “Officers are currently responding to a significant number of motor vehicle collisions during adverse weather conditions.” He noted. “The safety of the public and our officers alike is being compromised by individuals who choose to ignore the rules of the road. Our goal is for everyone to arrive at their destination safely.”
As always, Leeds OPP are urging drivers to drive according to the quickly-changing conditions.