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Police lay cannabis, alcohol, and fishing charges during RIDE initiatives

Officers checked the sobriety of over 1200 drivers
File photo courtesy of OPP

On May 27 and 28, 2019, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Sudbury Detachment members, the Traffic Incident Management Efficiency (TIME) team, Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS), Sudbury Conservation Officers (COs) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) conducted Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) initiatives for six hours each night on Highway 69 in Greater Sudbury, Ontario.

Law enforcement officers checked the sobriety of over 1200 drivers. 

Seven motorists were charged with cannabis readily available as well as one cannabis related criminal charge. 

One motorist was issued a three day driver's license suspension for registering alcohol in the warn range. Three parties were charged with fishing without a licence. Two were charged with possession of fish over the limit and one with transporting live fish without a licence. Other offences included no seatbelts, expired registration and no insurance.

If you plan on drinking or consuming drugs, plan to not drive. Instead, arrange for a designated driver, take a taxi or public transit, or come up with another plan that takes impaired driving out of the picture.

It only takes a few seconds to buckle up. A properly worn seat belt greatly increases your chances of surviving a motor vehicle collision.

Ensure all your documentation and insurance are valid. No owner or lessee of a motor vehicle shall, operate the motor vehicle; or cause or permit the motor vehicle to be operated, on a highway unless the motor vehicle is insured under a contract of automobile insurance - Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA)

By law, there are set limits and restrictions on the fish you can legally catch and keep in Ontario. Open season dates and limits (and any restrictions) are different for each of Ontario's twenty fisheries management zones.