THUNDER BAY – Rainy weather slowed some crime activity in Thunder Bay overnight. However Police are reporting that some residents still do not seem to get the dangers of drinking and driving.
At about 6:30PM EDT on Tuesday evening, a purple Pontiac Sunfire being driven by a thirty-five year old female went out of control at a substantial speed and crashed into a concrete retaining wall on High Street near Whitney Street. The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was taken to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and released.
The driver was held in custody by police for a video court appearance on Wednesday.
The woman has been charged with Impaired Driving and Drive with More Than 80 mg of alcohol / 100 ml of blood, Driving While Suspended, Misuse of Plates on the vehicle and Driving With No Insurance.
The collision is being further investigated, and additional charges may result.
Driving through closed road signs are also concerning Thunder Bay Police.
TBPS state, “Union Gas crews have been hard at work on River Street. and are presently on Algoma Street in front of St Joseph Hospital. The work that they are doing has required that the road is closed to traffic. They have posted all signs, barricades and cones, including plainly visible ROAD CLOSED and DETOUR signs. Workers are down below ground doing the job as quickly as possible”.
Police were notified that a significant number of drivers were ignoring the signs and driving into on-coming traffic. Between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., officers wrote about 25 tickets to drivers who disobeyed the signs and proceeded through the closed road.
In a media release, Police say that they will continue enforcement. “A head-on collision at or near the work hole would be catastrophic”.
Upon conviction, those drivers face fines of $110.00 and will see two demerit points on their license.
Thunder Bay Crime Report:
Over the past twenty four hours, Thunder Bay Police handled 181 Calls for Service. That total included four domestic violence calls, and one weapons offence.
There were twenty-five Quality of Life calls that included eight disorder calls, five drug related calls, and twelve liquor related calls.