Local Newsbrief – Friday, May 22nd

BRANTFORD – Brantford Police have laid 202 traffic violations during road safety week, a 7-day public education campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

The BPS Traffic Unit focused Road Safety Week efforts on impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and speeding. As result, police charged 95 drivers with speeding, 4 for using cell phones, 3 with stunt driving, 3 with impaired driving, 4 with driving while disqualified, 5 with careless driving, 4 for operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and 18 with driving while under suspension.

Ontario Provincial Police wish to remind the public of the potentially-lethal consequences of opioid use. Between May 1st and 17th, OPP West Region members responded to 12 suspected opioid overdose incidents, including three fatalities. To date in 2020, there have been 52 suspected opioid overdoses, including 13 deaths in West Region.

Brantford Transit will be moving from a 10 person limit to a 15 passenger maximum. Starting Sunday, Brantford Transit will be allowing a maximum of 15 passengers on all city buses, and while not mandatory, passengers are encouraged to wear face coverings when using Brantford Transit and Brantford Lift.

Great news for dog owners and outdoor enthusiasts in Brant County. The County of Brant was a bit slower than some municipalities in getting outdoor recreational amenities open as officials wanted to be sure such amenities were open in a safe manner. The province announced they could reopen earlier this week.

The City of Brantford says work is continuing on the Gilkison Flats Trail Reconstruction Project. The Grand River Conservation Authority has completed all tree removal and clean-up throughout the Gilkison Flats reach to limit obstructions to river flows and ice in winter. The reconstruction project drawings and specifications are complete and have been submitted for tender. Weather permitting, reconstruction is expected to take approximately 3 to 4 weeks during July and early August.