Central region

OPP Central Region make over 2,100 traffic stops this Easter

The OPP Central Region ended the Easter long weekend with 2,185 traffic stops.

The Easter Long Weekend Seat Belt Campaign ran from April 15-18 and saw 286 seat belt charges issued.

While the primary focus was on seatbelt use, officers also looked for the other three “Big Four” elements of road safety: speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving.

Sergeant Terri-Ann Pencarinha says the OPP has already issued more than 1,200 seatbelt tickets this year.

“A properly worn seat belt greatly increases your chances of surviving a serious motor vehicle collision. [it] works with an airbag, and airbags do not replace seat belts,” says Pencarinha. “For anyone who has had a loved one in a motor vehicle collision and there was no seat belt involved, the damage is catastrophic for everyone.”

Pencarinha reminds that everyone in a vehicle must wear a seat belt or be strapped into a child seat, regardless of the duration of the journey, with drivers being responsible for anyone under the age of 16.

She adds that the OPP does not benefit financially from tickets and that she would much rather have a campaign where no tickets are issued.