Month: March 2017

Traffic Safety Tip: School Bus Safety

One of the hottest topics we receive comments on is school bus safety and those drivers who pass stopped school buses.   We get calls from irate parents, school officials, school bus drivers and even other drivers when someone passes a stopped school bus.   The Ontario Traffic Act states that:  Every driver or street car operator, when meeting on a highway, other than a highway with a median strip, a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red...

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It’s Tax Time…Guard Against Fraud!

Recently, an elderly female victim reported that she was the victim of a tax scam. Two suspects had contacted her by phone and convinced her that she owed the Canada Revenue Agency $3,500. She paid the suspects using “Steam” gift cards by reading the bar codes to them over the phone. It was only when they called back for more money that she realized she was the victim of fraud.   The CRA will never ask contact you by phone about your tax status. Furthermore, they will never ask you to pay them with gift cards or the like....

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Distracted driving

Distracted driving is now the number one cause of collisions in Ontario. Since the advent of smart phones and hand held music devices, distracted driving has increased to epidemic proportions. The penalties for distracted driving have also increased since the introduction of legislation in 2009. You may not use a hand held device or phone while driving. If you have an A, B, C, D, E, F and/or G licence, you’ll face a fine of $490 and three demerit points if convicted. Under the graduated licencing system, if you hold a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence, and are...

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Stunt Driving

On March 23, just before 6 am, a South Simcoe Police constable was monitoring speeds on Canal Road. He watched an approaching car passing a row of vehicles, and activated his radar. The car registered a speed of 124 km/h;  Canal Road is a 50 km/h zone. The driver, a 40 year old Bradford man, was charged with Stunt Driving and Speeding. He will appear in court in May. In the meantime, his licence was suspended for 7 days and his car impounded.   Drivers are reminded that the maximum speed is just that, a maximum. Passing other vehicles...

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Accidental 9-1-1 calls

South Simcoe Police have responded to four false 9-1-1 calls in the past two days. These dialling errors, often called “pocket dials”, occur if people have 9-1-1 on speed dial which is inadvertently pressed, or when a child is allowed to play with a phone. Sometimes the emergency system is triggered by people improperly dialling overseas calls, or trying to reach directory assistance.   Protocol demands that officers attend every 9-1-1 call we receive. These false calls tie up dispatch and responding officers unnecessarily, drawing resources that could be used elsewhere. South Simcoe Police are asking that you supervise...

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