Yesterday marked the kickoff to Canada Road Safety Week. Our Traffic Management Unit conducted two "Anytime Anywhere RIDE" spot check programs and checked a total of 354 vehicles. Officer standing at window of vehicle on road

As a result, two drivers were found to be operating vehicles while under suspension. They were both charged accordingly and must attend court at a later date. Another driver was found to be operating without valid insurance. The operator was charged and the vehicle was towed at the owner’s expense.

Alcohol was detected on another driver who provided a roadside breath sample which registered in the warn range. This individual was issued a three-day driver's licence suspension.

In addition, a total of seven drivers were observed operating hand held communication devices while operating a vehicle on a roadway. They were each issued a Provincial Offence Notification with a fine of $615, three demerit points and a three-day driver’s licence suspension upon conviction. Those drivers will be subject to an administrative fee to reinstate their driver’s licence following the suspension period.

Distracted Driving Statistics:

In Ontario, deaths from collisions caused by distracted driving have doubled since 2000.

Ontario data on collisions show:

  • one person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every half hour
  • a driver using a phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver focusing on the road

Our Traffic Management Unit will continue their efforts to keep our roads safe for all road users. Please make the responsible decision to wear your seatbelt, obey the posted speed limit, drive sober and drive distraction-free.