OPP Constable Charged With “Reckless Driving” After 5 Car Pile-Up On Highway 403 March 5/13


Ontario Povincial Police (OPP) Cruiser - Photo by the Canadian Press
Ontario Povincial Police (OPP) Cruiser – Photo by the Canadian Press

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On March 5, 2013, while driving eastbound on Highway 403 in Mississauga, in an Ontario Provincial Police (“OPP”) marked cruiser, OPP Constable Jocelyn Brisebois allegedly drove the cruiser into the rear of another vehicle, when the vehicle ahead of her, began to slow down. OPP Material badge

When the vehicle ahead of her was allegedly rear-ended by the cruiser, the vehicle was pushed forward, creating a domino effect in which five (5) vehicles were involved in this accident.

As a result of the vehicular accident, one female was transported to the hospital, suffering from minor injuries.

The OPP Constable, allegedly responsible for the pile-up, had worked out of the OPP “Highway Safety Division” of the Port Credit Detachment for only a year.

OPP Constable Jocelyn Brisebois was subsequently charged by her employer, the Ontario Provincial Police, with “careless driving” under section 130 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act following the March 5, 2013 incident.

Careless driving

130.  Every person is guilty of the offence of driving carelessly who drives a vehicle or street car on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $400 and not more than $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both, and in addition his or her licence or permit may be suspended for a period of not more than two years. 2009, c. 5, s. 41.

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One thoughtful comment

  1. Seems excessive — people have car accidents. Police cruisers are filled with all kinds of equipment to monitor too, radios and radar and mobile data. Imagine a car ahead slamming on the brakes, being in a car accident, and then going to prison with a $2k fine and no licence.

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