Officers from the Prince Edward Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been busy over the past weeks. Three separate impaired driving incidents took place within their jurisdiction, two within minutes of each other.
Shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 24, 2022, officers were on patrol and conducted a traffic stop on Loyalist Parkway. According to a release from the OPP, an approved screening device was administered and, as a result, a 65-year-old driver from Stirling had their licence suspended for three days.
About 10 minutes later, officers were on patrol on County Road 4 when they observed a vehicle weaving between lanes and a traffic stop was conducted. According to the release, an approved screening device was administered and the driver was arrested and taken to the detachment for further testing.
Marcus Bailey, age 42 from Prince Edward County, was charged with the following criminal offences:
- Operation while impaired
- Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
Bailey was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton later this month. They had their licence suspended for a period of 90 days and the vehicle impounded for 7 days. Bailey will be responsible for all related fees and fines.
On Friday, Apr. 1, 2022, shortly before 10:30 p.m., OPP officers conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle that was weaving into oncoming traffic on Loyalist Parkway in Picton. OPP said that an approved screening device was administered and as a result, a 24-year-old from Madawaska Valley Township had their licence suspended for three days.
According to the OPP, drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs continue to pose a threat on Prince Edward County roads. “The OPP has enforcement programs in place to detect impaired driving whether this is alcohol or drug,” OPP said, noting they are committed to ensuring our roads are safe from impaired drivers.