Niagara police conducting a check for unsafe vehicles pulled numerous off the road in Welland on Saturday.
The four-hour ‘wreck check’ involved Niagara Regional Police, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Provincial Police in an effort to reduce safety incidents, collisions and damage.
During the checks, numerous cars, cars pulling trailers and trucks off all sizes were pulled over for inspection. In all, 24 vehicles or trailers were closely examined by trained MTO officers and police. Seven sets of licence plates were seized for numerous infractions, and 11 vehicles were taken out of service and towed.
As well, police issued 20 provincial offence notices to drivers for various Highway Traffic Act offences. There as also one impaired driving arrest, with a resulting tow of the driver’s vehicle and a 90-day suspension.
Police are reminding drivers as the operator of a vehicle, no matter if they own it or borrowed, they are responsible for that vehicle and any irregularities. Given that, drivers are urged to check their vehicle to make sure it is in compliance wit the rules and regulations of the Highway Traffic Act. And when attaching a trailer, make sure the attachment follows the law and that any load being transported is secured properly.