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Pair of drivers charged

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On Sunday around 1:10 a.m., officers from the Rainy River District OPP conducted a traffic stop on the 600 Block of Reid Avenue in Fort Frances,

As a result, a 23-year-old Winnipeg man was charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 mg.

He was released on a promise to appear in court here on April 8 at 9 a.m.

On Friday around 9:25 p.m., officers received a report of a possible impaired driver on the 200 block of Scott Street in Fort Frances.

Officers located the vehicle and made a demand for an approved screening device breath sample.

The driver subsequently failed and was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over .08 mg.

He then was taken to the detachment for further tests.

As a result, a 48-year-old of Fort Frances man was charged.

He was released on a promise to appear in court here on April 1 at 9 a.m.

Both had their driver's licences suspended for 90 days and their motor vehicles seized for seven days.

In related news, the Rainy River District OPP participated in the distracted driving campaign from March 11-17.

A total of seven distracted driving charges were issued.

Distracted driving remains a serious road safety issue. The OPP is encouraging everyone to take a firm stand against those who endanger their lives, and the lives of other, by using their cellphones or engaging in other forms of distractions behind the wheel.

Although the campaign is over, the OPP will continue its efforts in locating and charging those who insist on holding and/or operating a communication wireless device while operating a vehicle.

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