With the data just in for the entire 2016/2017 season, the OPP is reporting 26 snowmobile deaths, which is the highest number of lives lost since the 2003/2004 season. There were 12 deaths in February alone. Speeding, driver inattention and losing control were primary causes in half of these deaths. Notably, 17 of the 26 victims were between 45 and 64 years old.
"Our traffic data is compelling evidence that poor, careless behaviour is at the core of the majority of the fatal collisions and incidents we investigate on roads, waterways and trails. Despite the hard facts, some people fail to grasp the magnitude of their role in preventing these senseless deaths. The OPP remains committed to changing these costly behaviours through robust enforcement and education campaigns. The rest is up to Ontarians." - OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
The Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police detachment seeks the public's help in identifying a man whose remains were found April 18 on the shore of the Ottawa River, off Division Road, in Wendover.
The man was 40-50 years old, about six feet tall, with a shaved head and facial hair described as stubble or unshaven.
He was wearing size 11, black "Airwalk" running shoes, with a distinctive fluorescent yellow/green sole and tongue, an olive coloured jacket with zipper up the front, a quilted liner and velcro wrist cuffs, a dark long sleeved shirt with a knitted greyish/blue sweater over top, black nylon track pants with a two-tone grey strip on the side of the leg, and white or grey long underwear and maroon thick wool socks.
If you have any information that can assist in identifying the man, call 613-446-5124 or 1-888-310-1122.
Over the past Easter holiday weekend, Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry OPP officers charged 135 drivers with speeding.
Five motorists were charged with stunt driving, travelling more than 50 kilometres over the speed limit, while 20 people were not wearing seatbelts and two were distracted.
"With the return of warmer weather and summer activities comes an increase in traffic population on roadways - it is imperative that everyone focuses on safe driving," states SD&G OPP Detachment Commander, Inspector Mike Mulhearn. "The lives of so many people depend on it - please do your part!"
A man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision which occurred at about 11:30 a.m on Highway 138 north of Sand Road, closing a section of 138 between County Roads 43 (Monkland) and 15 (Moose Creek.)
Police say a southbound passenger vehicle crossed into the north lane and collided head-on with a transport truck. The driver and lone occupant of the passenger vehicle was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The truck driver was not hurt.
A man died today (April 11) when the Mini Cooper he was driving collided with a milk tanker truck on County Road 31, north of Winchester Springs.
The car was travelling south when, for reasons under investigation, it crossed into the north lane and collided head-on with the truck. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. The truck driver was not injured.
The annual spring rite, otherwise known as the Raisin River Canoe Race took place today. Our sports editor has posted a short story on Sports in the Glens, and our next edition of The Glengarry News will have full coverage.
Motorists are advised that Prescott-Russell County Road 9 on both sides of the Séguin Bridge in the Riceville-Fournier area is closed due to flooding. It is not yet known when the road will re-open for travel.
Like many other water courses, the South Nation River has risen rapidly over the last 24 hours due to heavy rain.
The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad reports that Patrick St-Denis, a federal offender who went unlawfully at large on March 31, has been apprehended in the City of Ottawa.
The Provincial ROPE Squad would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this investigation.