Campaign Slows Down Drivers
A total of 7,373 tickets were issued during the zero tolerance campaign that ended on April 17.
“We definitely put on the push because there was a need for it,” said S/Sgt. Paul Qureshi, noting that there have been 9 fatal traffic collisions this year, eight of them pedestrians. “One fatality is one too many, and, we believe these are preventable.”
Of that total, 4,142 were for speeding, 1,152 for aggressive driving, 213 for distracted driving and 1,866 for other highway traffic offences.
Also, officers laid 30 stunt driving-related infractions.
“That number is still too high,” Qureshi noted. “That is one of the main reasons why we have collisions on our roads. Following the rules of the road is essential.”
Stunt driving receives an immediate 30-day license suspension and vehicles are impounded for 14 days. Fines range from $2,000 to $10,000 and may include a possible jail sentence.
“Our hope is that we continue to change driver behaviour through education, engagement and enforcement,” said Qureshi. “By taking traffic safety seriously, it keeps our communities safer. Our message to road users is to slow down and obey the rules of the road.”