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Transport driver denies texting while driving. Charges follow

Officer asked if he could have a look at the driver's cell phone and reviewed numerous text messages minutes before the traffic stop
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NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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HURON SHORES - On March 13, 2018, shortly after 11 a.m., members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police responded to a traffic complaint where a tractor trailer was all over the road crossing the yellow line on Highway 17 in the Municipality of Huron Shores near Thessalon.

A short time later police observed the tractor trailer with the driver looking down at his lap while driving and the tractor trailer tires were over the yellow line. A traffic stop was initiated on Highway 17 near Melwel Road. The officer advised the driver the reason for the stop.

The driver denied using his cell phone while driving. The officer then asked if he could have a look at his cell phone and reviewed numerous text messages minutes before the traffic stop.

As a result of the investigation, Mark Johnston, 38 years of age from Spanish, Ont. was issued a provincial offence notice and charged with:

  • Drive motor vehicle on highway while using hand-held wireless communication device, contrary to section 78.1(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

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