Police Briefs for Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Chatham man once again faces drug and weapons charges.

The 33-year-old man was first arrested in mid-February for a number of weapon and drug offences. He was released at the time on a recognizance with a surety

A surety representing the 33-year-old man appeared at the Chatham-Kent courthouse Friday and withdrew their consent to be surety. The suspect was re-arrested and transported to the Southwest Detention Centre where he is currently being held.

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Chatham-Kent police conducted a series of RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs throughout Chatham-Kent Friday evening and into Saturday morning.

121 vehicles were checked and their drivers interviewed. There were no charges laid for impaired driving.

One driver, however, received a Highway Traffic Act warning.

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Police once again remind drivers that there are significant penalties for being caught using a handheld communication device while driving.

Officers are still pulling over and citing drivers who are caught texting, talking or emailing while behind the wheel.

Driving is serious business. It requires the driver to give the road their full, undivided attention. If you must send a text or take a call, pull into a parking lot where you can do so safely.

Those caught using handheld devices will face a fine of up to $490.