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OPP officers will be keeping a watchful eye for young people carrying out good deeds in communities across the province; and when they catch someone in an act of kindness, the ‘thank you’ which they will receive in the form of free “ticket” for hot chocolate.
Operation Heat is a Positive Ticketing Program that provides opportunities for OPP officers to interact with young people in our communities while recognizing our youth for doing good deeds. Officers can use the coupons in a ‘positive’ way to establish a dialogue with children in their patrol area and build relationships that will last for years to come.
“The OPP is pleased to participate again this year in this highly successful initiative that recognizes youth for responsible and caring behaviour,” said OPP Inspector Robyn MacEachern, OPP Community Safety Services. “Any opportunity we have to interact with young people is a good thing. Engaging our business communities in support of youth programs also helps make our communities stronger.”
“Operation Heat provides law enforcement with an additional tool to initiate communication and reward our youth in a positive way”, says Sean Sportun - Manager, Loss Prevention &
Security for Mac’s in Central Canada. “Mac’s strives to be a leader in crime prevention and we are very excited about this yearly initiative and the positive message it helps deliver.”
Learn more at the OPP Community Safety Services, Community Issues @ www.opp.ca
(Chatsworth, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is conducting its annual Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign from November 24, 2014 to January 2, 2015.
Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding drivers that any amount of alcohol, or other drugs, can impair one’s ability to drive. An OPP Drug Recognition Expert can determine if a driver is impaired by drugs other than alcohol. An immediate roadside driver’s licence suspension can be issued to drivers who register a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in the “Warn Range” of .05 to .08. A BAC of over .08 will result in an impaired driving charge. Failure or refusal to provide a breath sample is an offence and carries the same penalties as that of an impaired driving charge.
If you plan on drinking – plan not to drive. It’s that simple. Instead, arrange for a designated driver, take a taxi, stay overnight or use public transit.
We rely on the public to report crime and impaired driving is a crime that should be treated no differently. If you suspect that someone is driving or about to drive impaired, call 9-1-1 and report it.
While the OPP does increase their number of R.I.D.E. checks over the holidays, they remind drivers that R.I.D.E. checks are carried out throughout the year.
Drive sober and have a safe and happy holiday season!
Media Relations/ Community Services Officer Grey County OPP
On Friday, November 14, 2014, an elderly Grey Highlands resident was contacted by someone stating she had won 1.5 million dollars but that she had to pay $1550 in tax to claim the prize. Fortunately no personal information or money was exchanged.
In another case, a Township of Southgate resident was nearly a victim of a “service scam”. The resident, who had a water filtration system installed in his home, was contacted by an unknown male advising he could provide maintenance for the system for less than he is currently paying. The resident invited the suspect to his home but then after giving it some thought, called police for assistance. The resident cancelled his appointment after investigation revealed that the male in question was linked to a number of door to door sales businesses over the past few years in which several people, mostly seniors, were victims of fraud.
Remember to be wary of unsolicited calls from people offering a great deal “for a limited time only” and don’t give out any personal information to them.
FRAUD … Recognize it ... Report it … Stop it.
To learn more about the types of frauds and what to do if you are a victim of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.
(Chatsworth, ON) – Yesterday’s winter storm that passed through Grey County tested motorists’ readiness for safe winter driving.
High winds and blowing snow created pockets of zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions, resulting in many road closures throughout the area.
Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 16 motor vehicle collisions, abandoned vehicles and stranded motorist type calls between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18th. There were no serious injuries reported.
Grey County OPP wish to remind motorists that when a road is declared closed for safety reasons; driving on it is against the law. Not only does it put you and your passengers at risk, it endangers those operating snowplows and emergency vehicles.
Grey County OPP also wish to remind motorists not to call police inquiring about road/weather information. Drivers are encouraged to call 5-1-1 for provincial highways, or the various individual municipal websites for details.
The OPP wish to remind motorists to adjust their driving habits to winter road conditions. The leading cause of multi-vehicle collisions and other collisions that occur during the winter months is poor driving, not poor driving conditions.
Adjusting your driving to the conditions is crucial when driving in deteriorated road/weather conditions.
Make it a habit of allowing extra time to travel to and from destinations during the winter months.
Make it a habit of using your full set of headlights every day during the winter months; daylight running lights are not as bright and do not engage your rear tail lights, making it difficult and at times impossible for drivers behind you to see your vehicle.
Stay alert, focus on the road and avoid sudden braking, accelerating or steering.
Never stop on the roadway. If possible, park your vehicle well off the roadway and stay in it until help arrives.
For more information about safe winter driving, go to:
Deputy Mayor - Norman Jack
Councillor - Christine Gordon
Councillor - John Woodbury
Councillor - Barbara Dobreen
Councillor - Dale Pallister
Councillor - Jim Frew
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