Speeders account for most of the traffic stops by police in Halton Region.
A recent campaign called Project Safe Start conducted by Halton Regional Police Traffic Services Unit, revealed that speeders still rule the road when it comes to illegal activity with 64 percent of all traffic tickets issued handed out to the road runners.
During Project Safe Start officers issued a total of 2,735 Provincial Offence Notices and 803 warnings. This compares to 4,178 Provincial Offence Notices and 379 warnings issued during Project Safe Start in 2019.
The campaign ran from Sept. 7 to Sept. 18
- COVID-19 outbreak spreads at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, two deaths reported
- New cannabis retail store set to open in Burlington
- Will Halton be the next region in lockdown? Here’s what Burlington’s mayor had to say
Overall, regional roads looked different this fall, according to police, with decreased motor vehicle traffic and increased pedestrian density. Despite this, officers observed consistent traffic offence trends as previous years. Top offences observed by police included:
- Speeding (accounting for 64 per cent of total tickets and warnings issued)
- Disobey stop sign – fail to stop (accounting for 18 per cent of total tickets and warnings issued)
- Four impaired driving charges laid during school hours
“Annually, Project Safe Start serves as a timely opportunity for ‘recalibration’ of driver behaviour to address any poor driving habits developed over the summer months,” said Sergeant Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit. “Through education and enforcement, our goal is to ensure that all road users arrive at their destinations safely.”
Project Safe Start has operated for 13 years a reminder to drivers to slow down and remain alert for pedestrians and cyclists, and to pay attention to school crossing guards escorting children across busy intersections.