MUSKOKA — A motorcyclist and a the driver of another vehicle were charged separately in a pair of impaired driving charges Thursday morning and night in Gravenhurst.

The charges come a day before police began their Operation Impact, a Thanksgiving weekend traffic enforcement.

Provincial police say that at 9 a.m. on Oct. 7 officers observed a motorcycle travelling at a high rate of speed on Hwy. 11.

Police followed the motorcycle to Beiers Road at the south end of town.

After further investigation, police arrested and charged 48-year-old Jason Wilkinson, of Gravenhurst, with Operation while Impaired by Alcohol CC 320.14(1)(b) and Operation while Prohibited CC 320.18(1)(a).

Wilksinson was also charged with multiple offences under the Highway Traffic Act and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge Nov. 9, 2021.

His motorcycle was impounded for 45 days.

Twelve hours police received a 911 traffic complaint about a vehicle on Hwy. 11 northbound.

The report said a vehicle that had struck the centre median.

Police located the vehicle on Rainbow Circle, in Gravenhurst.

Upon further investigation, police arrested and charged 41-year-old David Roche, of Bracebridge and his passenger, 40-year-old David Grand, of Bracebridge.

Roche and Grand were charged with Operation of Motor vehicle while Impaired by Drugs CC 320.14(1)(a).

They are to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge Nov. 30, 2021.

Operation Impact, the OPP’s Thanksgiving traffic crackdown,

The OPP were visible Saturday during the Thanksgiving weekend in efforts to reduce the number of road fatalities and injuries.

At 10:24 a.m. a uniform officer conducting speed enforcement on Hwy. 11 in Bracebridge, stopped and charged a 19-year-old male from Mulmur Township for the speeding offence of 152 km/hr in a posted 100 km/hr zone.

About the same time another Bracebridge OPP officer stopped a vehicle on Muskoka Road 169 in Muskoka Lakes.

The young driver was stopped for the speeding offence of 154 km/hr in a posted 80 km/hr zone.

Both G2 drivers were charged under the Highway Traffic Act for Race a motor vehicle-Excessive Speed and Speeding of 50 km/hr over posted speed limit.

Their driver’s licence is under a 30-day suspension and the vehicle impound for stunt driving is 14 days.

The OPP is reminding drivers to share our roads safely and keep themselves and their passengers safe so that everyone arrives at their destination.

Police charged two G2 drivers Saturday morning in Bracebridge with stunt-driving for going more than 50 km/h over the speed limit.