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40 drivers charged with distracted driving during morning traffic blitz in Peterborough: police

Peterborough police laid a number of charges associated with driving with a hand-held device during a traffic blitz on Tuesday. Carolyn Kury de Castillo/Global News

A police traffic blitz in Peterborough on Tuesday led to 40 people being charged with distracted driving.

The morning blitz occurred in the area of Lansdowne Street and the Parkway.

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The Peterborough Police Service says a Norwood man who was allegedly seen holding a cellphone in his hand while driving was among those charged.

Police conducted a traffic stop, and officers allege the man was also in possession of a stolen validation sticker.

Jovain Wilson, 31, Norwood, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Driving with a hand-held communication device
  • Driving while under suspension
  • Operation a motor vehicle without insurance
  • Failure to surrender a permit for a motor vehicle
  • Use of validation not furnished for a vehicle
  • Breach of probation
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000

He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on March 26.

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During the blitz, 39 other drivers were also charged with driving with a hand-held communication device.

In total 45 drivers were charged with driving-related offences. Other charges issued included:

  • Driving while under suspension
  • Owner operate motor vehicle – No insurance
  • Breach of probation
  • Use of validation not furnished for a vehicle
  • Failure to surrender a permit for a motor vehicle
  • Soliciting a person in a vehicle on a roadway
  • Unnecessary noise
  • Improper muffler
  • Driving in contravention of conditions
  • Failure to ensure daily inspection (commercial driver) is conducted
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