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Media Release: QRTC’s “Safe on 62” Enforcement Initiative Results in 76 Charges

Distributed on behalf of the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition                                                

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/ June 24, 2022

Yesterday, the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) partners participated in a “Safe on 62” enforcement initiative focusing on the Highway 62 corridor. Throughout the day, officers issued 76 charges. These charges included:

  • speeding,
  • class G1 driver unaccompanied by qualified passenger, and
  • fail to move over for emergency vehicle.

The Detachment Commander of the Prince Edward County Detachment Staff Sergeant John Hatch says, “the results yesterday show some drivers are demonstrating a blatant disregard for traffic safety. The QRTC partners will continue to do our part to enforce and educate on our roadways. As we know, highway safety is a team sport and we need all drivers and vehicle occupants to do their part as well.”

This one day “Safe on 62” initiative is part of QRTC’s ongoing efforts to encourage safe driving practices. Throughout the summer, the partners will continue to work to prevent the ‘Big Four’ road safety issues that are the main contributors to motor vehicle collision injuries and deaths – distracted driving, alcohol/drug impaired driving, aggressive driving and lack of seatbelt use.

Vehicle collisions are preventable and each of us has a role to play in this prevention. As you travel this summer, ensure that you:

  • plan for a safe ride home if you intend to use substances,
  • always wear your seatbelt,
  • put your phone/device away and out of reach while driving, and
  • respect the speed limits.

If you’re a passenger, you have a role to play in keeping roads safe. If you notice the driver engaging in any of these behaviours, speak up!

About the QRTC

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, CN Police Service, Tyendinaga Police Service, OPP SAVE Team, East Region Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Lennox and Addington, Prince Edward County and Quinte West OPP Detachments. The QRTC aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

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Provincial Constable Aaron Miller
Community Safety / Media Relations Officer
Twitter:   @OPP_ER

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