Here’s Why Halton Police Officers Laid Over 3,000 Charges Recently
This year Canada Road Safety Week took place from May 14 until May 20.
Canada Road Safety Week, which is led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, is an annual enforcement and education-driven initiative that works to increase public obedience with safe driving, along with reducing injuries and saving lives on Canadian roads.
And in support of the annual initiative, Halton Police officers conducted heightened traffic enforcement on roadways.
Officers focused on what has become known as the 'Big 3' road safety issues: aggressive driving, distracted driving and impaired operation - by alcohol and/or drugs.
During the initiative, Halton officers laid a total of 3,306 non-criminal charges and warnings related to all forms of driving offences.
Some of the charges included the following:
- Speeding, careless driving, and stunt driving (1,599 charges)
- Sign and traffic light-related offences (473 charges);
- Documentary infractions-licencing and insurance (456 charges); and
- Cell phone- electronic devices (129 charges).
The total number of charges laid recently represents a 23 per cent increase over the number of charges laid during the same initiative last year.
"Halton officers also intercepted and criminally charged 13 impaired drivers during the campaign for excess blood alcohol, commonly referred to as '80mgs or over'," reads a recent Halton Police news release. "An additional eight drivers were suspended following roadside breath alcohol testing for registering 'warn range' breath alcohol readings."
Halton Police are reminding people to call 9-1-1 if they observe a vehicle being operated in a manner which places them or anyone else in danger.
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