On July 29, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cobourg Police teamed up with the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Environment and the OPP to do a blitz in accordance with the July S.T.E.P program. For the month of July, S.T.E.P. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program) focused on unsafe loads, commercial motor vehicles, unsafe motor vehicles, modified motor vehicles and loud mufflers (unnecessary noise violations). The blitz resulted in 22 charges for violations – details are below. A temporary inspection site was set up in the parking lot of the Fellowship Baptist Church on Elgin near the corner of William/Burnham. Below are some photos of the event (supplied by the Police) plus I have added some highlights of Cobourg Police activity in the past week.
- 11 motor vehicles (which includes commercial motor vehicles and a taxi) were removed from the roadway as Out of Service or Unfit, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act;
- 3 repair verifications contrary to the Environmental Protection Act;
- 22 charges contrary to the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act; and
- 12 cautions contrary the Highway Traffic Act.
Some of the Provincial Charges laid were:
Improper Muffler, Defective Brakes, Colour Coating Obscuring Interior, Licence Plate Obstructed, Red Light – Fail to Stop, Fail to Surrender Insurance, Drive Motor Vehicle – No Currently Validated Permit, Insecure Load, Load Security, Improper Mudguards, Improper Tires, Fail to Surrender Drivers Licence, Fail to Display Two Plates and Speeding.
Each week, Cobourg Police report on their activities. For example, the report for July 22 to 28 starts with the following:
On July 22, 2019 to July 28, 2019, the Cobourg Police Service responded to 251 incidents which included:
15 theft calls, 13 motor vehicle collisions, 15 alarm calls, 3 missing person calls, 10 suspicious person calls, 6 fraud calls, 18 9-1-1 hang up calls, 4 suspicious vehicle call, 3 stolen vehicle calls, 3 assault calls, 2 drug offences calls, and 2 domestic dispute calls.
Here are some examples of calls for service for the week;
Then under the heading of each day, two incidents are detailed. Go here for their full report of July 22 – 28
Here are a couple of examples:
Police received a call for an assault that had just occurred at a residence near the downtown. At the Cobourg Police Service, police took a statement from the victim, who had bruising under her eye. Police located and arrested a female a short time later for the assault and she was released with a court date and conditions.
Police were called to a downtown business for a report of an assault. On arrival police spoke to the victim who alleged that he had a verbal dispute with another man who had assaulted him by punching him and then kicking his shin. No visible injuries were apparent to police and the victim declined medical assistance and did not want charges laid in the incident.
Then on July 29, Police reported another drug bust:
Police were dispatched to a downtown address regarding a suspicious man on July 27, 2019 at 9:53 am. Police located the man and upon making contact, police observed in plain view, the man to be in possession of a small quantity crystal methamphetamine.
The man was identified as 27-year-old Matthew Lebold of Cobourg. Lebold was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Lebold was released on a promise to appear with a court date in August.
You can see all Police Press Releases at this link
More Photos of Blitz
Update – 2 August 2019
Police have issued a statement of the results of their July S.T.E.P. Blitz – see below.
Selective Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.) – July 2019 (Results)
During the month of July 2019, the Cobourg Police Service conducted traffic enforcement for the Selected Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.). This project targeted unsafe motor vehicles and commercial motor vehicles, modified motor vehicles and loud mufflers for unnecessary noise. The enforcement yielded the following charges contrary to the Highway Traffic Act:
- 4 – Operate Unsafe Vehicle (motor vehicles towed)
- 2 – Improper Mirror
- 2 – Improper Muffler
- 2 – Fail to Notify Change of Address
- 1 – Unnecessary Noise
- 1 – Stunt Driving (motor cycle towed / 7 Day Impound)
- 1 – Defective Braking System
- 1 – Turn Not in Safety – Commercial Motor Vehicle
Seven cautions were administered contrary to the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act:
- Fail to Surrender Drivers Licence
- Fail to Produce Registration
- Fail to Produce Insurance
- Windshield Obstructed