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Hamilton Police Service launches new Traffic Safety Unit

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Hamilton Police Service launches new Traffic Safety Unit

Screengrab taken from Hamilton Police Service promotional video.

The Hamilton Police Service announced Thursday (Jan. 28) the launch of a new 20-member centralized traffic unit to respond to traffic-related issues in the city.

The Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) will operate seven days a week and provide coverage across Hamilton.

The police service says the new unit will employ a “strategic city-wide approach with the goal of reducing collision, injuries and deaths for all roadway users.”

The aim is to increase police visibility and coverage across the city, which the service believes will enable a “more robust response to roadway-user safety concerns.”

“Hamilton Police Service encourages roadway users to remember that traffic safety in our community requires the commitment and active participation of all stakeholders,” said Superintendent Marty Schulenberg.

“The importance of traffic safety in our city has been heard loud and clear, and the Traffic Safety Unit is a strategic investment in the day-to-day safety of our communities. We look forward to making a real difference on our roadways because traffic safety matters.”

Based on the Hamilton Police Service annual traffic safety management plan, the TSU will take a three-pronged approach focusing on high visibility, education, and enforcement to complement the City of Hamilton’s ongoing safety programs.

“The TSU will proactively address traffic-related issues confirmed by collected location data and strategically respond to community concerns and requests,” said Hamilton Police.

“With the concentration of resources, the TSU will be better equipped to address aggressive, unsafe and nuisance roadway offences that impact other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. This will include school safety, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, safety and noise equipment issues and community safety zones.”

In 2019, the City of Hamilton adopted the Vision Zero Action plan for road safety, aimed at providing safer streets through improved education, enforcement, engineering, evaluation and engagement.

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