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Motor vehicle collisions down due to police traffic program

hrps intersectionMotor vehicle collisions are down are a result of a program by Halton Regional Police Services (HRPS) to add police visibility at key Burlington intersections. Police also continue to operate programs in Burlington to reduce drunk driving, and increase stop sign compliance in residential areas.

During the month of March, a combined total of 2,349 traffic stops were conducted as a result of these three traffic initiatives and other traffic safety initiatives in Burlington.

Intersection safety

Operation RISC (Reducing Intersection Safety Concerns) is designed to maximize police visibility and increase the public’s perception of safety while driving. As a result of this combined effort, motor vehicle collisions causing property damage were down 16% and motor vehicle collisions causing personal injury were down 28%, year to date.

HRPS officers issued approximately 390 Provincial Offence Notices for intersection related violations along with 47 warnings to drivers for educational purposes.

Residential speeding, failure to stop at signs

Residential speeding and failure to comply with stop signs continues to be a high priority for Burlington residents. During the month of March, members of the District Response Team and Uniform Patrol continued the Residential Traffic/Stop Sign/Speeding initiative in order to deliver a clear message to drivers that our residential roads are not raceways.

This traffic safety initiative is also designed to increase compliance of stop signs.

Officers issued approximately 555 Provincial Offence Notices for violations for stop sign infractions and speeding on residential streets throughout Burlington. A further 95 warning were given to drivers for educational purposes.

hrps drive soberRIDE program

Officers conducted RIDE throughout Burlington, spending over 100 hours and checking over 1,000 vehicles in March. As a result, police arrested eight drivers for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, laid 16 charges and issued 38 additional Provincial Offence Notices to drivers under the influence of alcohol.

Officers also administered 70 Alcohol Screening Device (ASD) tests which resulted in 45 drivers registering a pass, 19 drivers being issued a temporary suspension after registering a warning, and six  drivers failing, who were subsequently arrested and charged.

Commercial vehicles

Year to date, officers have also assisted the Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit and have laid over 170 violations to truck drivers for Commercial Motor Vehicle specific infractions to ensure compliance with the Highway Traffic Act.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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