Local briefs: Crash-filled weekend, spotless RIDE check
Fire crews were on scene at about 5 p.m. Monday after an SUV went off the road and hit a house at the corner of Coldwater Road West and Albert Street. Damage to both the vehicle and house were minimal and there were no injuries. There were numerous collisions in the area Monday evening. KRISTEN SMITH - THE PACKET & TIMES
14 local collisions on weekend
Orillia OPP responded to 14 collisions on the weekend.
According to a news release, the collisions were minor and resulted in property damage.
Police said eight were in Orillia, five were in Ramara Township and one was in Severn Township.
Some of the incidents were weather-related.
The detachment reported a total of 129 calls for service involving thefts, 911 hang-ups, requests for assistance and nine domestic disputes.
72 crashes in one day
With winter’s first snow on the roads, there were 72 collisions in the region over a 24-hour period.
OPP Sgt. Peter Leon said the collisions occurred between 7 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday in the west side of central region, from north Caledon to Huntsville.
Leon said the high number of incidents can largely be attributed to weather conditions.
“If it was during the week, it could have been a lot worse with people travelling to and from the city,” Leon said, adding the OPP is thankful no one died and no serious injuries were reported.
He said in many cases, people were driving too fast for the road conditions.
“The posted speed limit is for ideal situations,” said Leon.
He said it is important to ensure vehicles are ready for winter.
“That includes everything from snow tires to mechanical fitness and windshield wipers,” Leon said, noting it is important to reduce speed and increase distance between vehicles.
“At the end of day, everybody will get to where they have to go and packing a little patience is certainly a good way to go,” said Leon.
Incident-free ride check
Orillia OPP rolled out its annual Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program.
Police set up six RIDE checks throughout the city on the weekend.
According to a news release, no impaired drivers were arrested as a result of the checks.