Targeting Aggressive Driving
During the Toronto Police Service’s March Break Traffic campaign from March 14 to 20, a total of 3,808 tickets were issued an effort to keep the roads safer as many youth explore the city on their week off.
“When I look at the numbers, those two things are still concerning,” said Traffic Services Acting Inspector Paul Qureshi. “These driving behaviours are what contribute to serious injury and fatalities on our streets. I want to remind the public that we need to change our driving behaviours, especially when it comes to ‘The Big 4’ offences that are speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted and driving while impaired.”
Of the 3,808 tickets issued over a seven-day period, 1,170 were for speeding, 831 for aggressive driving, 207 for distracted driving and 980 for other Highway Traffic Offences.
Officers also laid 20 stunt driving-related infractions and 36 impaired-related arrests were made.
“Stunt driving is still a serious concern as those numbers are high,” added Qureshi, of drivers who use the road recklessly including going 50 km/h over the limit.
Stunt drivers have their licence suspended for 30 days and the car they were driving impounded for 14 days. Upon conviction a driver can face a minimum $2,000 fine and further licence suspension.