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This Could be a Record Year For Motorcyclist Deaths: OPP
Thursday, August 21, 2014 (1106 reads)

With 26 motorcycle fatalities on record so far this year and at least two more months of the motorcycle season remaining, the OPP is concerned that 2014 motorcycle deaths could reach a seven-year high.

As of August 18, 2014, 25 motorcyclists and one passenger have died in motorcycle crashes within OPP jurisdiction this year. 

Earlier this month, OPP Aircraft Enforcement Patrol (AEP) clocked a motorcyclist travelling at 210 kilometres per hour, charging him under Ontario’s stunt driving law.

OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support says that “Other than a careless few that we come across during our enforcement operations, the OPP believes that Ontario motorcyclists in general recognize that they are a vulnerable road user and demonstrate safe, defensive driving.   The solution is simple: ride and drive within the law" he concluded.

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Motorcyclist Charged After Wheelie
Thursday, August 21, 2014 (5654 reads)

An officer with the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police on routine patrol observed a motorcyclist stunting on Highway 12 yesterday.

31 year old Jonathan Bailey, of Tay Township being charged with - Drive Motor Vehicle - Perform Stunt- All Tires Not in Contact With Highway.

Police report that his motorcycle was towed and impounded for 7 days and his driving privileges have also been suspended for 7 days.

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Police Searching For Perpetrator of Assault
Thursday, August 21, 2014 (6167 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP is investigating an assault that occurred on Saturday August 16, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., on Main Street in Sundridge. 

OPP were called to the incident after a man approached the victim on Main Street in Sundridge and then he assaulted him.

The victim was taken to hospital by EMS where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

The OPP is asking for the public’s assistance in this investigation.  Anyone who may have witnessed the assault is asked to contact the Almaguin Highalnds Ontario Provincial Police.

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Two Men Charged With Assault
Thursday, August 21, 2014 (11910 reads)

Police are investigating an assault that occurred on Sunday August 17, at approximately 2:00 a.m., in Burk’s Falls.

Police report that a local establishment was attempting to close for the evening, when several patrons refused to leave.  When staff attempted to get the patrons to leave, a male, helping staff remove the patrons was assaulted. 

Police arrested and charged two males, Ryan Cutrara, 23, of North Bay, with assault with a weapon, and Mike Thorne, 28, of Armour Township.

Both accused were released from police custody and are to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday, October 9, 2014.

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Police Arrest Man After He Attempts to Flee
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (28640 reads)

Police are investigating a breach of probation that occurred on Saturday August 16, after officers were called to a Perry Township residence to assist with an intoxicated male who was extremely argumentative.  When officers arrived the man ran into the bush, where he was eventually arrested by police. 

Charged is Conrad Parnham, 24 of Erin, Ontario with possession of a controlled substance.  The accusedwas also charged with two counts with fail to comply with probation order.

The accused was held for a bail hearing on Monday August 18, in Parry Sound.

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Police Investigate B&E
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (3455 reads)

On Wednesday August 13, the Almaguin Highlands OPP were called to an Old Muskoka Road, in Machar Township residence regarding a break enter and theft. 

Police report that thieves entered the residence sometime between Thursday July 24, and Tuesday August 12, 2014 and stole two cameras and a bow. 

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Boater Crashes into Island & Transported to Hospital
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (8260 reads)

On Tuesday August 19th, just after midnight, The Muskoka Lakes Fire Department, Muskoka EMS, and the Bracebridge OPP all responded to a report of a vessel that had collided into a boat house on Lake Muskoka in the Milford Bay area. Upon arrival, the lone male occupant of the vessel had already been picked up by another boat. Marine 9 of the Township of Muskoka Lakes  Fire Department met the occupant and transported him to awaiting EMS Paramedics across the bay. The male was later transported to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital with non- life threatening injuries.

The vessel in question did not run into a boat house but crashed onto the north side of Squirrel Island, on Lake Muskoka.

O.P.P. are investigating the collision.

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Thieves Steal Laptop & Jewelry
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (3643 reads)

On Friday August 15, Police responded to a break and enter that had occurred at a residence on North Mary Lake Road in Huntsville.

Police report that sometime between August 13, and August 15, 2014 thieves smashed a window and gained entry to the house.  Once inside the culprits riffled through personal belongings and removed items including an HP laptop and possibly costume jewelry from a jewelry box.

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Huntsville Man Charged After Stealing Car
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (26305 reads)

On Monday Huntsville OPP were called to report that a car had just been taken from a residence on West Road in Huntsville.

The owner of a 2013 Honda Civic reported he heard noises coming from the outside of his house, when he opened to door to his garage he noticed his car was missing.  Huntsville OPP was then advised of a motor vehicle collision on the Ravenscliffe Road onramp to Highway 11.   The driver was seen running from the vehicle.

Patrols were made in the area of the crash and a male was located a short distance later matching the description of the suspect.  With the assistance of canine and Emergency Response Team the suspect was arrested and transported to Huntsville detachment.

As a result of the investigation Matthew Flynn 29, of Huntsville has been charged with break and enter into a dwelling house x2, theft under $5000.00, and theft over $5000.00.  The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on September 17, 2014 to answer to his charges.

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Woman Charged After Ditching Car in Lake Joe
Monday, August 18, 2014 (12416 reads)

Police have arrested and charged a female driver following her crashing her vehicle into Lake Joseph.

Police report that on August 17, 2014 at 7:15 am Bracebridge OPP received a call for an erratic driver of a pickup truck on Muskoka Road 169, in Muskoka Lakes Twp. The pickup truck then crashed into Lake Joseph near Hallett’s Road off of Muskoka Road 169.

The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

A thorough investigation was conducted by Bracebridge OPP and the driver was arrested and charged for impaired driving.

Brittany Beukers, 22, off Toronto has been charged with

• Driving While Ability Impaired

• Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood

The driver will appear in Bracebridge Court on September 23, 2014 to answer to her charges.

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Police Searching for Knife Wielding Robber
Monday, August 18, 2014 (21662 reads)

Bracebridge OPP is investigating an attempted robbery that occurred on the weekend.  Police report that on Saturday at 12:10 pm they responded to the Ice Cream Shoppe on Manitoba Street, in downtown Bracebridge.   A male suspect had entered the store and demanded money from the employee while holding a knife in his hand. The employee backed away from the suspect and the suspect immediately fled on foot.

There were no injuries to anyone involved and there was no money taken by the suspect. The male suspect is described as wearing a grey/black baggy hooded sweatshirt, with a black covering over his face, he is approximately 5’6” -5’8”, with a stocky build.

The area was searched by police and the suspect has not been located. The OPP is asking for any information regarding this crime to call police or Crime Stoppers.

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Police Arrest Man Who Fled Scene of Accident
Thursday, August 14, 2014 (18981 reads)

Bracebridge OPP arrested and charged a man with impaired driving on August 14, after attendeding  a single vehicle crash on the Highway 11 Southbound on ramp from Highway118 in Bracebridge. The vehicle had crashed into guard rails and Police report the driver fled the scene on foot.

After a search of the area, the driver was located and arrested for impaired driving.

John Smith, 23, of Gravenhurst has been charged with

• Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood

• Driving While Ability Impaired

• Fail to remain at the scene of the crash

• Driving motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor

He will appear in Bracebridge court on August 22, 2014 to answer to his charges.

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Police Bust Grow Op
Thursday, August 14, 2014 (20386 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP along with members from the North East Region Drug Enforcement Unit and Emergency Response Team received information regarding a marihuana grow operation on Simpson Hill Road, Machar Township.

Police arrested two men, Ryan Fraser, 37, and Theodore Dubeau, 38, both of Orillia Ontario and charged them with,

• Producing a controlled substance, marihuana

• Possession of a controlled substance, marihuana over 30 grams

• Possession of a controlled substance, cannabis resin over 1 gram

• Two counts of Possession of property obtained by a crime under $5000

• Theft under $500

The approximate street value of the drugs seized is $375,000.  A number of items were also seized in offence related property, with an approximate value of $50,000.

The accused appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound for a bail hearing yesterday.

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Police Charge Intoxicated Man with 2 B&E's
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (5402 reads)

Bracebridge OPP have arrested and charged a man with two counts of break and enter over the weekend.

Police report that in the early hours of August 12,  an intoxicated male was arrested following calls to police concerned for his safety.  A thorough investigation revealed that the man had just committed a break and enter at a restaurant in Bala. The man had stolen various items and then left on foot, walking to a another location, where he entered a garage taking more items with him.

Blayne Thomson, 19, of Burlington has been charged with

• 2 Counts of Break and Enter

• 2 Counts of Theft under $5000

Thomson will appear in Bracebridge court on August 26, 2014 to answer to his charges.

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Man Charged With DUI
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (18348 reads)

On Thursday, August 8, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Almaguin Highlands OPP stopped a vehicle on Highway 518 West in the Township of McMurrich/Monteith.

The officer spoke to the driver of the vehicle and subsequently arrested and charged him for having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.   The driver was also charged with driving a motor vehicle with liquor readily available, contrary to the Liquor Licence Act.


The accused, Dwayne Wood, 57 of Orillia Ontario was released from police custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Police Charge Man With Being Intoxicated & Resisting Arrest
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (7347 reads)

On Sunday August 10, at approximately 12:15 a.m., an officer from the Highway Safety Division of the OPP stopped a male standing on the side of Highway 11, in Machar Township.  The male was intoxicated and when the officer attempted to arrest the male, he resisted.

Officers from the Almaguin Highlands OPP arrived on scene to assist and the accused was arrested.

OPP charged and later released Dwight Ddudgeon, 39 of North Bay, with, Causing a Disturbance, Assault a Peace Officer and Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest.

The accused is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

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Police Investigate Mulitple Thefts
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (3446 reads)

On Friday August 8, Huntsville OPP were notified of a theft from a garage on Peters Rd., in Huntsville.  Thieves entered the secure garage and removed tools including an impact socket set, hammer, and a chop saw.

Sometime between Tuesday August 5, 2014 and Saturday August 9, thieves removed 2 yellow Pelican fibreglass kayaks from a property on North Deer Lake Rd., in Huntsville.  The kayaks had been left on the beach of their owner’s property on Fawn Lake. 

And then on Saturday August 9, Police were made aware of two bicycles that had been taken from Deerhurst Rd.  The two bicycles had been removed from a trailer sometime overnight.  They are described as a Marin mountain bike, grey in colour value of $1300.00 and the other is described as a brown Canadian Tire brand value of $400.00.

Anyone with any information about these thefts is asked to contact Huntsville OPP or Crime Stoppers.

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Boat Crash Puts 2 People in the Water
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (9747 reads)

On Sunday August 10, just before 8:00pm Police along with Muskoka EMS and the Lake of Bays Fire department responded to a collision involving two boats on Lake of Bays.

Police report that an 18ft Sea Ray was idling through the water with four people on board when it was struck by an Edgewater boat with two people on board.  The Edgewater landed on top of the Sea Ray, throwing its two female occupants into the water.  A nearby cottager witnessed the incident and immediately went out in his boat and pulled the two females out of the water.  They did not suffer any injuries.

One of the passengers of the Sea Ray suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. 

Huntsville OPP continues to investigate the cause of the crash. It is unknown if any of the occupants were wearing PFD’s.

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Police Keep Drunk Tank Busy
Monday, August 11, 2014 (16689 reads)

Huntsville OPP responded to 150 calls for service in  the past few days.   On August 7, officers were advised of graffiti on billboards that had been taking place on a regular basis at Lagoon Trailer Park.  There are no suspects at this time; the owners are concerned that their sign is continuously being damaged.

On Friday August 8, officers were advised of damage to the golf course and a golf cart on Bigwin Island.  There were no suspects or apparent witness at the time of the complaint.

Also on Friday police observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 11.  The vehicle was stopped for doing more than 50kms hour over the speed limit.  The driver was served a provincial offences court notice had their driver’s licence seized and vehicle impounded.

On Wednesday August 6,  just after 1:00am officers on patrol located a 22 year old intoxicated female on Brunel Rd., she was transported to the Huntsville detachment and lodged for her own safety along with being issued a ticket for being intoxicated in a public place. 

On Saturday August 9, around 8:00am officers were advised of an intoxicated male sitting on the bench in front of the Metro grocery store.  A 26 year old male from Huntsville was arrested, transported to Huntsville detachment and lodged for his own safety.  He was also issued a ticker for being intoxicated in a public place.

On Sunday just before 2:00am officers located a male staggering on Main St in Huntsville.  Officers were concerned for his safety after he staggered on the roadway arrested him for being intoxicated in a public place.  He was taken to Huntsville detachment lodged for his own safety.  The 39 year old male from British Columbia was issued a ticket for being intoxicated in a public place.

And finally, right after dealing with the BC man, officers located a man urinating into the parking lot, behind the On the Docks Pub.  He was having trouble standing without the assistance of a nearby vehicle.  The 22 year old male from Vaughn was subsequently arrested, transported and lodged for his own safety at the Huntsville detachment.  He was also issued a ticket.

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No Injuries In Float Plane Crash
Monday, August 11, 2014 (3013 reads)

Injuries are minor and three people are lucky to be alive after a plane crashed on Lake Joseph on Saturday.   Police report that a small float plane was attempted to make a landing on the lake, when it bounced a few times on the water while landing, flipping over and crashing.

Air ambulance was called to the scene, and was later sent back as the pilot and passengers  were not injured.

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Parry Sound OPP Lay a Slew of Charges on Long Weekend
Monday, August 11, 2014 (3003 reads)

Parry Sound OPP were busy over the Civic Day Long Weekend, focusing on keeping roads, waterways and  trails free of aggressive, distracted and impaired drivers as well as ensuring that all vehicle occupants were buckled up.

The West Parry Sound OPP laid:

4 Fail to Move Over for Emergency Vehicle Charges

2 Impaired Driving By Alcohol and Over 80 Blood Alcohol Content Charges

62 Speeding Charges

2 Stunt / Speeding Charges

4 Seatbelts Charges

2 Distracted Driving Charges

44 other Provincial Offences

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Police Caution Boaters to Have All Safety Equipment Before Heading Out
Friday, August 08, 2014 (611 reads)

OPP Marine Units will have a presence on the waterways to help prevent drowning and other incidents on Ontario waterways this weekend.  Police are asking you to remember to wear a certified flotation device and don’t drink and boat.  

Boaters are reminded to always check the weather before setting out on the water. Checking to make certain conditions are safe before departure helps prevent the chance of being forced into a possible life threatening situation.  

Before you head out on the waters this year, check and make sure all the safety equipment is on board.  If boaters are looking for assistance on what is required on their vessel can refer to the web site  Remember it is mandatory to carry a boat operator’s card with you at all times.

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Motorists Reminded to Watch for Motorcycles After 3 Deaths in the Last Week
Friday, August 08, 2014 (4565 reads)

The Central Region Ontario Provincial Policeis gearing up for another weekend where the weather is expected to be favourable for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Police report that three men tragically lost their lives while travelling on motorcycles through the region this past holiday weekend.  OPP is urging all motorists to pay attention and take an extra look for motorcycles.

In many collisions involving motorcycles, we see it was not the rider who was at fault,” advises Chief Superintendent John Tod, Commander of Central Region.  “We urge riders to communicate with other motorist to ensure they are seen, and we need motorists to be more aware of motorcycles using the roadways.”

OPP also encourages riders to wear bright clothing, to travel at speeds that are appropriate for road and environmental conditions, and to ride within their capabilities.

Please pay attention to your driving and make this a safe weekend for all who are travelling on our roadways.

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Man Charged After Roll Over
Thursday, August 07, 2014 (7125 reads)

Bracebridge OPP investigated a single vehicle rollover on Highway 11 Northbound this morning in the Town of Gravenhurst.

OPP responded to a single vehicle rollover on Highway 11 Northbound near Sparrow Lake Route D, in Gravenhurst. Police report that the driver of the van drove off the Highway, rolling the vehicle into the ditch and into a rock cut. All airbags were deployed and the driver was not injured in the crash.

One lane of Highway 11 Northbound was temporarily closed to remove the vehicle. Both lanes of Highway 11 Northbound are now open to all traffic.

The male driver has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act.

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UPDATED -Bracebridge OPP Evacuating Bracebridge Neighbourhood
Thursday, August 07, 2014 (35320 reads)

Bracebridge OPP and the Bracebridge Fire department are on scene clearing the area of Wilshier Blvd, in the Town of Bracebridge.

 Police and the Fire Department are going door to door in the area of 7 Wilshier Blvd to give residents direction, until the gas leak can be corrected.

Police are asking everyone to avoid the area until further notice.

As of 1pm -The gas leak has been fixed and the area is now open to the public

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Almaguin OPP Busy Over Long Weekend
Thursday, August 07, 2014 (2641 reads)

The Civic Day long weekend is one of the busiest long weekends of the year.  This year between Friday August 1, 2014 and Monday August 4, 2014 OPP responded to 65 occurrences in the Almaguin Highlands area and issued a total of 56 Provincial Offences Act charges.  These charges include, speeding, fail to wear seat belt, fail to surrender drivers licence, no currently validated permit, littering, driving while under suspension and numerous other Highway Traffic Act charges. 

Two drivers were charged for failing to produce insurance card, contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act of Ontario and three people were charged with Liquor Licence Act charges.

The marine unit was out on the water in Kearney.  They issued a total of six charges, two for operators not having the proper safety equipment, one for having open liquor on their boat, and several other Canada Shipping Act offences.

Officers also conducted four R.I.D.E programs throughout the area, checking a total of 375 vehicles. 

As a result of a traffic complaint, one driver was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, contrary to the Criminal Code.

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Police Charge Drivers with DUI
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 (11152 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP responded to a motor collision at the intersection of Municipal Road and Eagle Lake Road, in Machar Township on Thursday, July 31, after a driver of a 2009 Pontiac Vibe was stopped at a stop sign on Municipal Road, when a Chevrolet Silverado turned onto Municipal Road from Eagle Lake Road, striking the rear of the Pontiac.

The driver of the Silverado stopped momentarily before leaving the scene of the collision.  Police located the driver, Morley Avis, 76, of South River, a short time later and arrested and charged him with Driving with More than 80 Milligrams of Alcohol in 100 Milliliters of Blood, contrary to the Criminal Code.

Then, on Friday August 1, at approximately 11:15pm police received a northbound traffic complaint on Highway 11, in Armour Township.  OPP stopped the vehicle, a black Volkswagen Jetta at the north entrance to Burk’s Falls, Ontario.

OPP spoke to the driver of the vehicle and subsequently arrested the driver for impaired operation.

The driver, Benjamin Ley, 42, of Oakville, was charged with Driving while Ability Impaired and Driving with More than 80 milligrams of Alcohol in 100 Milliliters of Blood..  The accused was also charged with Driving Motor Vehicle with Open Container of Liquor, contrary to the Liquor Licence Act.

Both men will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

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Police Investigate B&E
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 (4760 reads)

On Tuesday, July 29, the OPP received a complaint of a break enter and theft to an Axe Lake Road, residence in McMurrich/Monteith Township.   Police report that sometime between Friday July 19, and Tuesday July 29, thieves entered the residence and stole numerous tools, extension cords, propane tanks, a two-way radio, a weather station, booster cables and battery cables and climbing spurs.

Meanwhile Police are looking for the owner of a canoe that was found by a resident on Lake Bernard.  The canoe is estimated to be worth $4000.

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Motorcyclist Dies in Accident
Monday, August 04, 2014 (22855 reads)

On Sunday August 03, at approximately 2:25 pm  Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haliburton Highlands Detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on Glamorgan Road - County Road 3 at Alsop Road north of the village of Gooderham in Highlands East. The collision involved two motorcycles and an SUV. One of the motorcyclists who was pronounced dead at the scene has been identified as Matthew Huber, 37 of Pickering Ontario.  The other motorcyclist sustained minor injuries.

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Construction Worker Hit by Car
Monday, August 04, 2014 (29443 reads)

A construction worker who was acting as a flag person was struck by a vehicle on Highway 141 in Seguin Township on July 23. The driver stopped for a brief moment which ensued in a short verbal argument before he fled the scene. The construction worker suffered from minor injuries.

Police report that they have arrested and charged John Savage, 63 years of age from Huntsville, with Fail to Stop at Scene of an Accident, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. He will attend the Ontario Court of Justice Parry Sound on August 21, 2014.

Police would like to remind motorists to slow down while travelling through a construction zone. Be extra cautious to your surroundings and those that are working in that area.

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