On June 26, 2015 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle collision on Highway 17 near Echo Bay, Ontario.
There were no injuries reported to the driver or the two passengers.
The car did not have to be towed.
As a result of police investigation Renate NEWTON, seventy-four years, of Elliot Lake, Ontario was charged with one count of Careless Driving contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.
OPP remind motorists, boaters and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts to drive with care and the consideration needed to get to your destination safely.
Every operator has a responsibility to direct their entire attention to driving safely. Drivers need to remember that the true danger to public safety lies in the distraction, not the device. Distracted driving refers to all forms of distracted or inattentive driving, such as adjusting a vehicle’s entertainment or GPS unit or stereo, eating and drinking, using a hand-held device, self-grooming or tending to children in the backseat.
Collision fatalities in which driver inattention was a factor have surpassed alcohol-related fatalities since distracted driving laws came into effect in 2009.
This Canada Day, celebrate the correct way…pay attention, don’t drink and drive and, when you are safe to do so, report poor driving to your nearest police agency immediately. Lives are depending on it.