Impaired drivers on the rise?


on Bay Road in Champlain. A driver had lost control of his pick-up truck, hitting a tree in front of a residence. Officers on scene discovered the driver was operating his vehicle while impaired by alcohol. The driver refused to provide a breath sample to the officer. The driver, 50-year-old Luc Lacombe from L’Orignal was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, refusing to provide a breath sample, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He was later released and is scheduled to appear in L’Orignal court on July 15. In the early morning of June 6, OPP stopped a vehicle on Higginson Street in Hawkesbury. Officers discovered the driver had been operating his vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. Police also discovered the driver had been prohibited fromdriving by a Criminal Court.The driver, 56-year-old Luc Sequin from Hawkesbury was arrested, and charged with driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in the blood, and driving while disqualified by court order. He was released and is scheduled to appear

This week alone, the Hawkesbury OPP reported three impaired driving arrests in East Hawkesbury, Champlain and Hawkesbury, respectively. On the afternoon of June 4, OPP responded to a collision on Highway 417 in East Hawkesbury. A driver had lost control of his car, hitting a few road signs and ended up in the ditch. The driver was not hurt; however, officers on the scene suspected the driver had consumed alcohol. It was discovered the motorist was operating the vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. The driver, 72-year-old John A. Brook from Ottawa was arrested and charged with driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in the blood, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. The man was later released and is scheduled to appear in L’Orignal court on June 17. On the evening of June 5, Hawkesbury OPP responded to a collision that occurred

Emergency Services were showing kids at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute just what could happen when driving impaired.

Un radar des Comtés unis volé Un des radars routiers des Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell a été volé durant la fin de semaine du 6 et 7 juin. Selon les renseignements de la Police provinciale de l’Ontario, le radar était installé sur une remorque à l’intersection de la route de comté 10 et du chemin Cassburn. La remorque était attachée à un poteau

in L’Orignal court on July 8. TheMinistry of Transportation states that the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) for fully licensed drivers is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0.08). Driving with anything over that is a criminal offence, and will result in penalties that could include fines, suspension or loss of driver’s license, jail time, and a significant

increase in insurance rates. Drivers under the age of 21 must respect the zero alcohol limit or face similar penalties. The latest Ministry of Transportation report states that 231 people were killed in alcohol and drug-related accidents and 84 inattentive driving related accidents in 2012.The report also states that one person is killed every 15 hours on Ontario roads.

avec une chaîne, mais cette dernière a été coupée par le voleur, qui s’est ensuite enfui avec la remorque. Ce vol amis en colère le directeur général des Comtés unis, Stéphane Parisien, qui indique que le radar et la remorque valent 7000 $. « Peut-être qu’ils l’ont volé pour la batterie solaire, a-t-il déclaré avec

grogne. Le radar est un outil efficace avec un impact positif sur la communauté. Les gens ralentissent dès qu’ils le voient. Je ne sais pas quel imbécile a bien voulu voler ça. » Toute personne ayant été témoin de la scène ou possédant de l’information pouvant aider à l’enquête peut communiquer avec la police, et ce, de façon anonyme, au 613- 632-2729. (SL)

Compassionate care benefits gets more support Increased financial support, proposed for individuals taking care of family members facing a signi- ficant risk of death, was highlighted by MP Pierre Lemieux on June 8. Compassionate care benefits, which are provided through the Employment Insurance (EI) program, are available to individuals temporarily away from work to care for a sick family member with a significant risk of death. Effective January 3, 2016, the proposed enhanced benefit will allow claimants to collect up to 26 weeks of benefits, up from the current six weeks. The benefits can also be taken within an expanded period of 52 weeks (up from 26 weeks) and can be shared between family members. “I am pleased that families in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and across the country will be able to access these enhanced benefits when needed,” said Lemieux.

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