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Mayor McCallion fined $110
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion has been slapped with a $110 traffic ticket for running her car into a sign post last Wednesday night.
Peel Region police Superintendent Dave Hazelton confirmed today that an unspecified charge has been laid under the Highway Traffic Act.
Details on the charge will have to come from the mayor, Hazelton said. McCallion, 85, was not available for comment.
McCallion's leased Buick Park Avenue was damaged and the air bags deployed when she struck the post around 9.30 p.m. while making a turn off McLaughlin Rd., near Derry Rd. in Mississauga. She was returning from a police services board awards night.
McCallion wasn't injured and was back on the job next day. She was talking on a hands free car phone and had momentarily taken her attention off the road, she said. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, police said at the time.
McCallion was interviewed Monday after Chief Mike Metcalf ordered an investigation because of the high profile nature of the case.
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Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, 85, has been fined after a driving accident last week.
McCallion ticketed $110 for crash
85-year-old plans to get a driver
Mississauga mayor admits she erred
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion has been slapped with a $110 traffic ticket after her car ran into a sign post last Wednesday night.
Peel Region police confirmed yesterday that a charge of making an illegal right-hand turn was laid under the Highway Traffic Act.
Yesterday, McCallion admitted she was wrong and said she will pay the ticket.
McCallion was interviewed Monday after police Chief Mike Metcalf ordered an investigation because of the high-profile nature of the case.
Her leased Buick Park Avenue was damaged and the air bags deployed when McCallion struck the post around 9:30 p.m. while making a turn off McLaughlin Rd. onto Britannia Rd. in Mississauga as she returned from a police services board awards night.
McCallion, 85, wasn't injured and was at work the next day. She said she was talking on a hands-free car phone and had momentarily taken her attention off the road.
Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
McCallion, who always prided herself on travelling without a chauffeur, has bowed to pressure and agreed to get a driver.
"With my heavy agenda, my family wants me to have one and my council wants me to have one, so the city manager is making the arrangements. But it won't be full time," said McCallion, who added she has had numerous offers from people volunteering to drive her to appointments.
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