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Police Ask For Help in Nursing Station B&E
Friday, July 03, 2015 (5235 reads)

The West Parry Sound OPP is looking to the community for information to help solve the break and enter at the Nursing Station in Pointe au Baril. 
Police report that sometime Thursday July 2, between 7:00pm and 10:00pm theives forcibly entered the nursing station. Witnesses reported an aluminum boat with a blue top leaving the area behind the nursing Station.  The suspect(s) were cut and bleeding at the crime scene. 
Police are looking for information from the public in regards to the person(s) responsible for damaging this property.  If you have information contact OPP or Crime Stoppers.

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Lots of Charges Laid Over Lead up to Canada Day.
Thursday, July 02, 2015 (10151 reads)

Canada Day was a busy day for police from the Southern Georgian Bay detachment. 

Members of the OPP report that between June 26 and July 1 they laid numerous charges focusing on speeding, impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers. 

123 speeding tickets were laid, two distracted driving charges, five seatbelt infractions, two impaired charged, 10 moving violations and 30 other offences under the highway traffic act. 

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Close Call for Sailors On Georgian Bay.
Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3670 reads)

A group of sailors had a close call yesterday when they did not return home from a sailing trip. 

On July 1 Southern Georgian Bay police responded to a call from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) regarding a sail boat on Georgian Bay that had not returned at the time the operators had specified. 
The boat left a cottage on Band Island around 3:15 p.m. and was due to return at 6 p.m.
The family of the boaters called the JRCC and search that included the use of a Hercules helicopter was organized. 
The missing boaters were found at 11:15 p.m. on Pine Island in a cottage they had taken shelter in after swimming to shore from their boat. 
Police attribute their safety to the fact that all people were using lifejackets at the time of the accident. 

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Head-On Collision Sends Two to Hospital.
Monday, June 29, 2015 (9291 reads)

Southern Georgian Bay OPP attended a head-on, two-vehicle collision in Tay Township yesterday. 
At around 10:55 p.m. police responded to a collision between a Pontiac Montana van and a GMC Canyon pick-up truck on Old Fort Road. Police were assisted by the OPP’s Technical Traffic Collision Investigations Unit. 
Fire services were called in to help remove a male from the pick-up truck and he was subsequently transported to hospital in Toronto by Ornge. The driver of the van was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

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Marijuana, Guns, Ammo Seized in Severn
Monday, June 29, 2015 (2953 reads)

A search warrant revealed a cache of firearms, ammo and marijuana in Severn last week. 
On June 25, the Orillia OPP Crime Unit in conjunction with the Orillia Street Crime Unit and the Central Region Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence on Foxmead Road in Severn Township. As a result of the investigation police located and seized numerous firearms, ammunition and marijuana plants. 
50-year-old Gary Lepik, of Severn, has been charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, carelss storage of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and production of marijuana. 
Lepik was released on a promise to appear and is due in court on August 18. 

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Three Men Fined Over Illegal Moose Kill
Monday, June 29, 2015 (14802 reads)

Three men have been fined over $6000 after participating in an illegal moose hunt.  The three men from the GTA were in a Parry Sound court last week and issued fines after an anonymous tip led to the discovery of a moose that had been shot and abandoned in McMurrich-Monteith Township.  Officers told the court that they found three men in a nearby hunt camp and asked them about the moose and then found the moose carcass.

 The court heard that the men were hunting for moose as a party with one moose licence but had killed two moose.

A Mississauga man was fined $4000 for hunting moose without a licence, abandoning game and allowing it to spoil, and making a false statement to conservation officers.

Another man pled guilty to allowing game to spoil and having a loaded firearm on an ATV and was fined $1,250 while a third man pled guilty to allowing game to spoil and was fined $1,000.

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Couple Die in Car Crash
Monday, June 29, 2015 (18268 reads)

The Southern Georgian Bay OPP along with Tiny Fire and Simcoe County Paramedics responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision on June 27, 2015 at 1:41p.m on the 12th Concession in Tiny Township.

Police report that a westbound Mazda motor vehicle and an eastbound Chevrolet pick-up truck were involved in a head on collision. The male and female passengers in the Mazda succumbed to their injuries at the scene. The driver of the pick-up truck was transported to a local Hospital and the services of Ornge have been requested to transport to a Toronto area hospital for further care.

OPP have identified the deceased driver as Anthony Bakuniec, 87, Ruth Bakuniec, 86, both of Tiny Township.

The driver of the Chevrolet pick-up truck remains in a Toronto area hospital with serious injuries.

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Speedy Driver Loses License and Vehicle.
Friday, June 26, 2015 (8086 reads)

A speedy driver lost his license for seven days last week after police caught the driver going 60 km/h over the speed limit.

On June 24 at around 5:26 p.m. police from the Southern Georgian Bay detachment observed a vehicle driving at 140 km/h in a 80 km/h zone on 6 Concession in Tiny Township. Police stopped the vehicle and as a result Jacob Petitpas, 19, of Stayner, Ont. was charged with stunt driving, his license suspended for seven days and his vehicle impounded.

Petitpas will be in a Penetanguishene courthouse on July 30.

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Police Say PFD Helped Man Survive Kayak Flipping Over
Friday, June 26, 2015 (761 reads)

On June 23, 2015 at 5:00p.m OPP along with Georgian Bay Fire responded to a call of a flipped over kayak on the waters of Georgian Bay. The OPP marine unit attended the scene to assist.

Police report that the occupant of the kayak was able to make it safely to shore and he was wearing his PFD. The OPP Marine Unit Officers attribute the safe outcome of this mishap to the fact that the kayak operator was wearing his PFD at the time.

Police are reminding boaters that wearing a lifejacket or PFD significantly increases survivability, should a mishap occur.  Not wearing this equipment continues to be a contributing factor in the overwhelming majority of boating fatalities from year to year, on OPP-patrolled waterways.  

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Man Convicted Of Possession of Child Porn Arrested at Playground
Thursday, June 25, 2015 (23976 reads)

Bracebridge OPP has charged a Gravenhurst man for not following his release conditions.   Police report that on September 9, 2014, police arrested 37 year-old Lyle Clayton Fitchett of Gravenhurst and charged him with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Accessing Child Pornography.  The accused appeared for a bail hearing on September 10, 2014 and was released with conditions, one of which is to not attend parks, swimming areas or community complexes where people under the age of 18 are likely to be present.

On June 23rd, 2015 shortly after 7:00 p.m., an off-duty police officer from Bracebridge detachment recognized the man at a Gravenhurst playground and reported the issue to on-duty officers.

The accused was located, arrested and charged with four counts of Failing to Comply with his Recognizance and he will appeared in Bail Court yesterday.

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Man Gets Jail Time for Child Porn Offences
Thursday, June 25, 2015 (6004 reads)

A Huntsville man will spend time behind bars after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in a Huntsville court last week.  Kevin Cameron, 43 of Huntsville admitted in court to possession of images in a laptop left behind at an ex-spouse's home and sexual exploitation of a 16 year old female.

Cameron was sentenced to 210 days in jail plus 2 years probabation.

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Dorset Man Dies After Vehicle Hits Rock Cut
Thursday, June 25, 2015 (10030 reads)

OPP responded to a fatal single motor vehicle collision that has occurred on Highway 35 south of Muskoka Road 117 in the Township of Algonquin Highlands yesterday

Police report that a vehicle left roadway and struck a rock cut.  The lone male driver of motor vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased has been identified as Christopher Roper, 56 of Dorset.

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10 Year Study Reveals Lack of Safety Equipment Highest Among Boat-Related Deaths.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (506 reads)

The OPP say that a ten-year study into boating and off-road incidents has revealed that the most common cause of deaths in  boating can be linked to a lack of safety equipment and capsized boats while alcohol leads the way for off-road vehicle deaths.

OPP report that over the last 10 years 276 people have died in 245 boating incidents while 167 people died in 165 off-road incidents in OPP jurisdictions.  

OPP say the most concerning data was an overwhelmingly high rate of safety equipment being under-utilized with a total of 226 of the 276 deceased not wearing a lifejacket or PFD at the time of their deaths.

The report also found that out of 165 off-road fatalities, 77 of them were alcohol or drug-related with not wearing a helmet trailing just behind at a rate of 74 of the deaths.

OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair spoke to the report saying,

 “Our data could not make it any clearer that the risks to all and the consequences for some do not change from year-to-year when mixing boating and off-roading with alcohol or drugs, driving carelessly, and not being equipped or prepared to survive an unexpected life-threatening turn of events on the water and on the trails,” said Blair.

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Death at Beaver Creek Correctional.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (8133 reads)

Officials from Beaver Creek Institution - the correction facility located in Gravenhurst - reported yesterday that an inmate from the facilities medium security unit was found dead in his cell. 

In a news release from Correction Service Canada officials state that on June 23, Richard Gagnon was found unresponsive and although staff performed resuscitative procedures he was unable to be saved.

Gagnon, 66, was serving a sentence of two years and one month for assault causing bodily harm and two counts of robbery. 
Correctional Service Canada is reviewing the circumstances of the incident. 

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Vandals Smash Window of Centennial Centre in Gravenhurst.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (1045 reads)

Vandalism in Gravenhurst continues to be a problem as Bracebridge OPP are appealing to the public to help catch those responsible for smashing a window at the Gravenhurst centennial centre.

Sometime over night on June 22, unknown suspect(s) broke a window at the centennial centre near the pool area of the complex. The act of vandalism caused significant damage according to police who are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP or Crime Stoppers.

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June a Particularly Deadly Month for Motorists.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (1635 reads)

The month of June has been a particularly deadly month for motorists, this according to a report delivered from the OPP. 
The OPP report that 27 people have died on OPP-patrolled roadways since the beginning of the month, pushing the total number of deaths on OPP-patrolled roads to 124. OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair said that nearly all of the deaths stemmed from the same driving behavior. 
“These senseless road deaths are revealing the same causal factors over and over again. Until all drivers stop speeding, driving impaired or distracted and ensure that everyone in their vehicle is buckled in, history will continue to repeat itself and innocent people will continue to die on our roads.”
In an attempt to curb the trend, OPP are encouraging passengers, cyclists and pedestrians to speak up or call 911 if they observe someone driving under the influence and to speak up if a driver if breaking the law. 

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Canine Unit Helps Catch Tire Thief in Huntsville.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (10068 reads)

On June 22 Huntsville police attended a residence on Muskoka Road 3 North in Huntsville at around 5:45 p.m. in response to a complaint of males stealing wheels from a vehicle. 
Upon arrival the suspects fled into the woods and an OPP Canine Unit as well as the Emergency Response Team were called in.  
As a result of the canine investigation a 52-year-old male from Township was arrested. 
The investigation is still ongoing.

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Rash of B&E's in McDougall Twp
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (692 reads)

On June 20, the West Parry Sound OPP were called to investigate a break and enter to a cottage in McDougall Township.

Police report that there were several break-ins in the surrounding area.  The break and enters occurred sometime in the last two weeks.  The locks on the doors had been smashed or pried to gain entry into the buildings.  The items stolen included a Honda Lawnmower and a STHIL Chainsaw. 

Police are looking for information from the public in regards to the person(s) responsible for damaging this property.

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Busy Weekend As OPP Net Three Impaired Drivers.
Monday, June 22, 2015 (4971 reads)

Three people were charged with impaired driving over the past weekend. 
On Friday, June 19 at around 8:35 p.m. police responded to a call at the Gravenhurst Airport where a man had driven his vehicle through a fence and ended up on airport property. As a result of an investigation it was determined that the driver had been drinking and subsequently 21-year-old Jagger Hughes, of Bracebridge, was charged with care or control of a motor vehicle while impaired, mischief over $5,000 and failing to report an accident. 
Hughes will be in court on July 21. 
The following day at around 3 p.m. on June 20, police were called to an address on Sam Cook Road in Gravenhurst regarding a complaint from a local resident of a driver being aggressive. Police stopped the reported vehicle and as a result of the investigation 24-year-old Oleksandr Tymoshchuk, of Mississauga, was charged with impaired driving and will appear in a Bracebridge court on July 14. 
On Sunday, June 21, at around 8:30 p.m. police received a call from an off-duty police officer regarding a man trying to maneuver his boat trailer, unsuccessfully, onto a ramp. As a result of an investigation police arrested and charged 55-year-old Timothy Clarke, of Bracebridge, with impaired operation. Clarke will be in Bracebridge court on July 21. 

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Police Looking For Waterline Vandals.
Monday, June 22, 2015 (3029 reads)

Southern Georgian Bay police are investigating vandalism in Tay Township that resulted in thousands of dollars in damages. 
On June 16 as well as June 18, police responded to calls regarding damaged water lines and the theft of valves in Port Mc Nicoll. Temporary water lines had been set up alone Fourth Avenue and Talbot Street as well as Hayes Avenue. The lines were cut and the valves removed on the lines on two separate dates causing over $5,000 in damage. 
Police are appealing to the public for information on the vandalism and area asking that the public call 911 is they see anyone tampering with this equipment in the future. 

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Cyclists Involved in Two Collisions
Monday, June 22, 2015 (5171 reads)

On Friday the West Parry Sound OPP attended two collisions involving cars & cyclists. Police report that at approximately 7:53 a.m. a cyclist collided with the side of a car at the intersection of James Street and Seguin Street in Parry Sound. Then at approximately 2:21 p.m. a cyclist drove in front of a car at the intersection of Isabella Street and Church Street in Parry Sound. In both cases the cyclist was at fault and was charged with Cyclist ride in or along crosswalk.

The OPP would like to remind cyclist that a bicycle is a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. This means that, as a bicyclist, you have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users.

The OPP are reminding everyone to obey all traffic signs and signals.  Cyclists have to stop for schools buses just like other vehicles.

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Police Investigate Mulitple Thefts
Monday, June 22, 2015 (3165 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP is investigating a break enter and theft that occurred at a Ryerson Crescent residence.

Over the past year, thieves entered the residence and stole a mandolin, ipod speakers, $40 in change and a water bottle.  The total value of the stolen items is approximately $200.

OPP also investigated a theft from a shed located on the property of a Hawthorne Drive residence in Machar Twp.  Police report that sometime between Sunday June 7, and Friday June 12, thieves entered the shed and stole a Stihl chainsaw.

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RIDE Check Nets Charges For Perry Man
Monday, June 22, 2015 (4486 reads)

On Friday June 12, 2015 at approximately 11:30 p.m., police were conducting a R.I.D.E. check on Highway 592 at the Highway 11 exit ramp.

Officers spoke to the driver of a vehicle that approached the R.I.D.E program and subsequently arrested him, for having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.

The driver, Jeremy Ouderkirk, 39, of Perry Township was charged with having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, and driving a motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor, contrary to the Liquor Licence Act.  The accused was released from police custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Sundridge Ontario.

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Multi-Vehicle Accident Sends Three to Hospital.
Friday, June 19, 2015 (8791 reads)

Police were on scene at a four vehicle accident that took place in Tay Township yesterday. 
On June 18, at 8 a.m. police from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment as well as emergency crews responded to an accident on Highway 12 and Talbot Street. 
Police report that a red Honda vehicle travelling eastbound swerved to miss a grey Ford vehicle that was turning left from Old Fort Road onto Highway 12. The red Honda struck a red Ford and a Grey Toyota that were travelling westbound on Highway 12. 
As a result of the accident three people were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The driver of the Red Honda has been charged with careless driving. 

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OPP Looking for Stolen Dirt Bike
Friday, June 19, 2015 (1029 reads)

Southern Georgian Bay OPP are looking for a dirt bike that was stolen from a Tay Township residence last Wednesday. 
Sometime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 17, unknown suspects stole a 1987 Yamaha dirt bike with a black and blue speckled gas tank from a garage located near the residence. 
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Southern Georgian Bay OPP.

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Minden Hills Man Charged With Attempted Murder, Uttering Threats.
Friday, June 19, 2015 (3617 reads)

A Minden Hills man has been charged with attempted murder after threatening family members and police. 
On Thursday, June 18 Haliburton Highlands OPP responded to a call on a resident on County Road 121 in Minden Hills at around 3:20 p.m. 
Upon investigation police found that a intoxicated man at the resident was wielding a large knife and threatening a family member. The man also made direct threats towards the police officers. 
Officers located and arrested the man without incident and no one was injured. As a result of the investigation William John Stewart, 67, has been charged with attempt to commit murder, two counts of uttering threats, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. 
Stewart was transported to the Haliburton Highlands OPP detachment and was held pending a bail hearing today in Lindsay, Ont.  

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Ferry Hits Bigwin Island, Police Investigating.
Friday, June 19, 2015 (14351 reads)

Huntsville OPP are investigating a boating accident that occurred in the early morning hours of June 19. 
At around 1:27 a.m. police responded to a boating collision on Lake of Bays near Bigwin Island. A ferry shuttling 16 passengers to Rat bay on Lake of Bays struck the east side of Bigwin Island. Two of the 16 passengers were transported to hospital with minor injuries and the police continue to investigate. 

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Police Recover Stolen Vacuum, Charge Tay Township Man.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 (3236 reads)

Police have recovered property stolen from the Tay Township Community Rink. 

On June 17, OPP from the Southern Georgian Bay detachment responded to a theft of a vacuum pump valued at $800 that was stolen from a work site near the community rink. 

A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Jonny Krantz, 54, on June 17. He has been charged with break and enter and theft under $5,000 and will appear in a Midland court on July 30.

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Police on the Lookout for Stolen Logging Truck.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 (12423 reads)

Haliburton Highlands OPP are looking for a logging truck that was stolen from a Minden Hills last night.

Police report that sometime between 6 p.m. on June 17 and 6 a.m. on June 18 suspect(s) stole a blue 2001 Western Star logging truck from a business located on Highway 35 in Minden Hills.

The vehicle was fully loaded with logs at the time of the theft and was last seen travelling southbound on Highway 35. The trucks plates are listed as Ontario plates bearing AJ 83520.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Haliburton Highlands OPP.

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Cottagers Save Two After Canoe Capsizes.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (5544 reads)

The help of some Georgian Bay cottagers may have saved the lives of two men when their boat capsized last weekend. 
On June 13 at around 6:10 p.m. police with the Southern Georgian Bay detachment responded to a call of capsized canoe. Police report that the two men capsized their canoe and did not have personal floatation devices with then. Both men were calling for help while in the water and nearby cottage residents heard the calls and were able to rescue the two men just prior to the arrival of police and emergency crews. 
Both the men were charged under the Small Vessel Regulations for not having appropriate safety equipment in their canoe.

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Nine Killed in Off-Roading Accidents So Far This Year.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (2580 reads)

The OPP are reporting that nine people have died in recent off-road vehicle (ORV) accidents, including a nine-year-old boy and a 17-year-old youth. 
Police report that this is the highest number of ORV related deaths this year in the season since 2009. One death occurred in April, seven in May and one in June. 
Investigation into the fatal accidents revealed that in five of the nine accidents, alcohol was a contributing factor and speed was a factor in three of them. Similarly, five of the deceased were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident. 
Cheif Superintendent Chuck Cox, who is the commandor of the OPP's highway safety division, said, 
"This spike in fatalities serves as a harsh reminder that unsafe off-roading keeps costing riders of all ages their lives."

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Haliburton OPP Looking for Help Locating Stolen Motor.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (1243 reads)

OPP from the Haliburton Highlands Detachment are seeking the public’s help in located the person(s) responsible for the theft of a trolling motor. 
On June 12, between 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. unknown suspects stole a blue and grey two-horse power Yamaha trolling motor from a residence on County Road 503 in the Township of Highlands East. 
Police are asking anyone with any information on this crime to contact the Haliburton Highlands OPP or crime stoppers.

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OPP Target Truckers During Operation Corridor
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (2200 reads)

Starting today, the OPP is partnering with the Ministry of Transportation for Operation Corridor, an annual 24-hour traffic safety initiative that focuses on high police visibility, enforcement and safety education aimed at commercial truck drivers who travel on major Ontario highways.

OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair said “Over and above the increased risk of death and serious injuries, a collision on a major highway involving a large truck often results in a highway closure that can last for many hours," he said.

The OPP say that they are counting on all commercial transport truck drivers to help keep the roads safe for all motorists. They can do so by ensuring the safe movement and condition of their vehicles every day and by making a commitment to being among the safest drivers on the road.

Operation Corridor runs from June 16th to 17th.

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