Forty-five (45) minutes north of Toronto, Ontario and Ten (10) minutes south of Barrie, in the community of Innisfil, near the shores of Lake Simcoe is a retirement community, called “Sandycove Acres”.
One of the residents of Sandycove Acres is 73 year old, Mr. Bruce Newton. He must have been a very careful driver as he had not received a traffic ticket in almost thirty (30) years.
The fact that he hadn’t received a traffic ticket in almost thirty (30) years isn’t the story. The real story is that he had driven for thirty (30) years without a valid driver’s licence (since 1980).
In Ontario, there are fifteen (15) different licence classes. The problem is, that Mr. Newton (who admits that in 1980 he didn’t have the money to pay for the licence renewal, so he let it lapse) didn’t have any driver’s licence.
It wasn’t until he chose to drive to visit his daughter in Penetanguishene on May 22, 2010 that the thirty (30) driving spree would end, after he was pulled over by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and asked questions in relation to a minor traffic infraction. It was during that investigation that the OPP realized that Mr. Newton had been operating a motor vehicle without a valid Ontario driver’s licence.
Mr. Newton, who had previously worked in the insurance industry, said his insurance company never asked about his licence when he renewed his auto insurance year after year after year after year.
Mr. Newton was charged by the OPP with driving without a licence pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act. Mr. Newton is scheduled to appear in Provincial Offences Court in Penetanguishene, Ontario on August 19, 2010.