Police focus on intersection safety

The Barrie Police Service is focusing on ‘Intersection Safety Week,’ designed to enhance traffic safety in Barrie.
From February 25 to March 1, officers will be watching for intersection offences. Last year, police investigated more than 225 intersection-ralted collisions, resulting in about $300,000 in property damage. A total of 68 people were injured from these collisions.
The majority of the collisions were avoidable “if drivers took the extra time to ensure their way was clear and safe,” say police, recommending that drivers have a good look at an intersection before proceeding into or through it.

In other police news:

• A concerned citizen was key to alerting police to a driver who was subsequently charged with impaired driving.
Police report that they took a 911 call from a citizen reporting a driver “who was all over the road” in the area of Bayview Avenue and Gowan Street, about 1 a.m. Monday. Police arrived and determined the Huntsville man, 39, was “impaired by alcohol while driving his vehicle.”
He was arrested and transported to the police station where, according to police, he said he was due to head for points west in a few days, and would not be returning to Ontario. He was then held pending a bail hearing in the morning to ensure his appearance in court.

• While the owner is away, uninvited guests may stay, or so it seems based on an incident at a residence on Yonge Street.
Police report taking a call about several people who were using the residence, while the owner was away. When asked to vacate, a 59-year-old man caused damage to the residence, say police. He now faces a charge of Mischief under $5,000, and a future court date.

• A Barrie woman is facing a theft charge, filed the day after she was convicted of theft and placed on a probation order.
Last Tuesday, the woman was convicted on a theft charge. The following day, police report, she was at a downtown office, and it is alleged she grabbed “an employee’s purse … concealing it on her person,” police report. When confronted, the woman denied the theft, and insisted police be called.
When they arrived a surveillance tape “revealed footage of the female taking the purse and later discarding it in the garbage bin after being confronted by the employee,” police say. The woman was arrested for theft and breaching her probation order, and held pending a bail hearing.

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