Mississauga, Brampton residents urged to help get dangerous drivers off the road

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Published March 14, 2023 at 11:32 am

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Mississauga and Brampton residents are being urged by Peel Regional Police to help them get aggressive and dangerous drivers off the roads.

By reporting such drivers to police, other motorists and residents can help save lives, say police, who took to social media today (March 14) to enlist the help of safe drivers in efforts to get the bad ones off the roads and highways.

“Witnessed aggressive or dangerous driving and want to report it?” Peel police said in a Twitter post.

If so, residents can visit the Peel police website and fill out a Road Watch form.

“Officers from Peel Regional Police Road Safety will take it from there,” the post continues.

Police add that motorists looking to get more information on a dangerous driver and their vehicle in order to report them via Road Watch should “never chase a vehicle that you’re trying to report. Your safety comes first.”

Peel police continue to deliver the message that “road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Peel Regional Police are committed to lowering the number of deaths and injuries on our roads by working with our road safety partners. We cannot do this alone; we need your help to keep the roads in our region safe.”

Police say they work alongside the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, firefighters and paramedics in efforts to dramatically reduce dangerous driving and serious collisions that lead to injuries or deaths.

Once police receive a Road Watch report from a resident, they then take action against the owner of the offending vehicle.

The first time a report is received, a letter is mailed to the licence plate owner.

“The letter highlights the date, location and the reported violation in which the vehicle was involved. The registered owner is requested to assist the police and the community by ensuring that their vehicle is driven in a responsible and safe manner,” police say.

A second report also results in a letter sent to the licence plate owner in addition to a follow-up phone call from police.

A third report also leads to a letter sent in addition to a personal visit from a police officer and, in some cases, charges.

“Depending on the circumstances, charges will be considered and an officer may be detailed to monitor that vehicle’s actions to allow enforcement if the action is repeated,” police say.

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