Sudbury, Ontario – Two vehicles that were seized in Northern Ontario earlier this year from repeat drunk drivers are now part of the campaign to fight impaired driving.
The trucks were seized and forfeited in the towns of Ear Falls and South Porcupine as part of the Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities Act. Amendments to the Act in April 2007 allow the forfeiture of vehicles from drivers convicted of any drinking and driving offence more than twice in ten years. The Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving (OCCID) now owns the trucks.
The Ear Falls truck travelled to Kenora and Sioux Lookout, with the help of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Sioux Lookout Committee for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, and Godbout Towing. It is now on display at the OPP detachment in Sioux Lookout.
The second truck, originally from South Porcupine/Timmins, was taken to Chelmsford, where students at Chelmsford Valley District Composite School are repairing the truck, using parts donated by Partsource in Sudbury and Speedy Autoglass. When repairs are complete, the truck will be used by Action Sudbury’s STOP (Snowmobile Trail Operators Patrol) Program. Future public awareness events will take place in North Bay and Wawa.
For more information on impaired driving and its consequences, visit ArriveAlive.