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Collision

January 8th, 2019 - A noon hour collision on Monday January 7th at the intersection of Elgin and Wellington Streets resulted in two drivers being taken to hospital by ambulance. The incident occurred around 12:30 pm when a fifty eight year old male driving southbound on Elgin Street failed to stop for the red light at the intersection of Wellington Street. A forty two year old male driving a second vehicle westbound on Wellington Street entered into the intersection just as the southbound car disobeyed the traffic signal. Airbags were deployed in each vehicle and both drivers were transported to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The fifty eight year old has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act with Red Light-Fail to Stop.

Distracted Driving

The STPS Traffic Unit has issued its first distracted driving charge of 2019. The ticket was issued this morning around 8 am after the officer observed a male driver typing on the key pad of his cell phone while stopped at a red light. New distracted driving laws which came into effect January 1st, 2019 introduced steeper penalties and a broader definition of what counts a distracted driving. It’s not just using your cell phone anymore. Talking, texting and typing a destination into a GPS have always been considered distracting however now you can add things like eating, reading, wearing headphones or putting on makeup. Anything that causes a driver to be less focused on the road could be considered as distracted driving. Ontario.ca collision data shows that distracted drivers are four times more likely to crash and one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every half hour. The driver was issued a ticket for $615 along with three demerit points at the roadside. The ministry will follow up with a notice of three day license suspension for a first offence. Should the driver unsuccessfully challenge the fine in court, a Justice of the Peace may increase the amount to $1000 upon conviction. St. Thomas Police laid one hundred and fifty Distracted Driving tickets in 2018.

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