Stay Off The Phone

A couple items worth noting from the Record’s latest OPP Roundup.

On Sept. 4 at 2:30 p.m., police saw a motorist using a cellphone while driving on Highway 401 in Thames Centre, near London.

When they pulled over the car, police found $800,000 worth of dried, packaged cannabis and $130,000 in cash.
A Toronto man, 42, was charged with possession for the purpose of distributing, possession of the proceeds of crime and driving while using a phone. A passenger from Beeton, 35, was charged with possession of the proceeds of crime and possession for the purpose of distributing.

What phone call is that important? And even if one is, why do you have a passenger with you if he can’t handle it?

A 30-year-old man in Middleton, in Norfolk County, called 911 on Sept. 9. Was it a kidnapping, a burglary, a fire?
“It was determined that they called the emergency number after their neighbour’s grass clippings were blown onto their property by the lawn mower,” police said.
OPP urge people to dial 911 only if it’s a real emergency.
“Please do not call 911 about a power outage or to inquire about road conditions or if you have a sick raccoon on your property. This is NOT an emergency.”

I’ll be honest, I had to read this three or four times before the words “30-year-old man” completely sunk in. My mind was picturing the caller as some crazy old crank in his 70s and refusing to let that image go. It’s still having trouble with it, actually.

By the way, if you read the whole article and the last item doesn’t make you cringe and maybe even get a little dizzy, you’re made of stronger stuff than I.

Ahh hell, maybe I’ll put it here in case it’s ever not around. News sites are notoriously bad for moving and disappearing content.

A guardrail struck by a car went right through the vehicle.
On Sept. 5 at 8 a.m. the car hit the rail and rolled over in a ditch on Highway 69, 60 kilometres south of Sudbury.
The guardrail sliced into a female passenger, 52, severing her foot. A male passenger, 27, suffered fractured ankles. The driver, 56, of St. Catharines was not injured. He was charged with careless driving.


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