Local teens are reminded to drive safely. A 17-year-old Dryden resident is facing charges for not doing so.

On Wednesday, the Dryden Police Service charged a 17-year-old male for careless driving on Van Horne Avenue, after a police investigation revealed that the driver drove his vehicle in a reckless manner near the Government Dock on Tuesday. A careless driving offence carries a $490 fine and six demerit points.

Police add that they receive numerous complaints of serious traffic violations occurring near the Government Docks annually, with complaints ranging from speeding to stunt driving.

A stunt driving offence requires a court appearance, with fines ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, six demerit points and a seven day automatic vehicle impoundment. Both careless driving and stunt driving offences can lead to licence suspensions by the Ministry of Transportation.

The DPS is urging the public to report careless or reckless driving, as it poses a high risk to community safety. Residents are asked to call the DPS at 1-807-223-1137, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

The name of the driver was withheld in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.