(LISTOWEL, ON) - On August 18, 2019, at approximately 3:15 p.m., members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), North Perth detachment, were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program on Nelson Avenue in Listowel.
A driver entered the RIDE program and an officer observed that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. While speaking to the officer, the driver squealed his car tires and attempted to exit the RIDE. The male driver was stopped by police a short distance away.
Gordon AUCKLAND, 62-years-old, of North Perth was charged with the following;
Driver - fail to properly wear seat belt
Race a motor vehicle - Perform a stunt
His driver's licence was seized and a driving suspension was imposed. The vehicle was towed and impounded as per statute.
He is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Stratford on September 24, 2019 to answer the charges.
"Every occupant of a motor vehicle that is not restrained by a seat belt is travelling at the same speed as the vehicle they are seated within. If the vehicle were to become involved in a collision, their bodies will continue at the same rate of speed as the vehicle until they come into contact with an object within the vehicle, or outside the vehicle, usually resulting in serious or fatal injuries." Provincial Constable Sue Blacklock, West Region OPP, Technical Collision Investigation Unit.