Speeding offences top list in annual Halton Police road safety campaign

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Published September 17, 2021 at 10:43 am

Using stats from their Project Safe Star campaign, the Halton Regional Police Service Traffic Services Unit found speeding was the most common offence. HRPS PHOTO

Heavy-footed drivers top the list in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills when it comes to the most common traffic offences, revealed an annual road safety initiative by Halton Police.

Project Safe Start, featuring compiled statistics from the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Traffic Services Unit, found speeding was the most common offence observed by local officers.

The campaign, which ran from Monday, August 30, 2021, to Friday September 10, 2021 this year, focused on education, awareness and high-visibility enforcement of traffic laws throughout Halton region.

The top traffic offences over the two week campaign were:

  • Speeding (941 provincial offence notices and warnings issued)
  • Disobey Stop Sign- Fail to Stop (583 provincial offence notices and warnings issued)
  • Speeding – Community Safety Zone (156 provincial offence notices and warnings issued)

A total of 1933 tickets and 822 warnings were handed out by police during this year’s project.

A comprehensive social media campaign was also implemented by HRPS as part of the project, comprising of targeted messages, reminding the community that pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and police all play an active role in road safety in Halton Region.

These daily messages garnered over 240,000 impressions.

“The start of the school year is the perfect time to remind drivers of the importance of abiding by the rules of the road, as pedestrian and vehicle traffic increases significantly,” said Sergeant William Clayton, Traffic Services Unit.

“It is through education and enforcement that we work towards ensuring the safety of those on or near our roadways.”

This marks the 14th year for Project Safe Start. The campaign aims to serve as a reminder for drivers on Halton roads to follow speed limits, remain alert for pedestrians and cyclists and to heed extra caution around school zones.

Residents can file driving complaints or request enforcement of a particular area through the HRPS website at www.haltonpolice.ca (under Most Requested Information > Roadwatch or Traffic Complaints respectively).

Any criminal or dangerous driving should be reported immediately by calling 9-1-1.

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