Oakville Police Officer Frustrated By Bizarre Distracted Driving Incidents in Halton
Taraso is Oakville’s local constable. He has completed five years in patrol, followed by five years in the Oakville Community Mobilization Bureau, and is now in his 11th year of policing. He is a member of the Oakville District Response Team (Traffic Enforcement) and HRPS Search Incident Response Team as the Search Manager.
He has also has over 6,000 followers on Twitter, which all have become a fan of the constable due to his tweets that showcase people’s wrongdoings.
The driver of this vehicle came within CM’s of sideswiping me in a construction zone on Dundas Street. When I looked over, they were holding a bowl of food in their left hand & a fork in their right hand. Driver was charged with #CarelessDriving pic.twitter.com/PCsynzP4M4— Cst. Marc Taraso (@MT9345) April 5, 2019
Cst. Taraso first started tweeting about active incidents, specific enforcement/road closures and community events on @HRPSoak. He then obtained permission to create his personal HRPS branded account in February 2016.
“I created the account with the goal of sharing a perspective of the day in the life of a police officer in Oakville,” says the constable. “My goal was to convey to the public that Police Officers are human beings, and our role is to support our community.”
MT9345) April 5, 2019
During his discretionary patrol time, he developed a passion for distracted driving enforcement. So, he decided to use his social media presence to highlight distracted driving enforcement efforts in order to reach a broader audience each time he issued a ticket, instead of only educating the involved driver.
“These enforcement-related tweets generate a lot of engagement; my recent tweet about a driver watching a Maple Leafs game on his phone while driving generated over 110,000 impressions on Twitter. A single ticket, but 110,000 people receiving the message that distracted driving has serious consequences,” says Cst. Taraso.
His goal is to use the service’s education and enforcement efforts to help reduce distracted driving on Oakville roads and ensure road safety is a shared responsibility.
I dont care how much of a die hard @MapleLeafs fan you are; YOU CAN NOT WATCH THE GAME ON YOUR PHONE WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING!!!!!! Theres this thing in your car, its called a radio. It has the @FAN590 on the AM dial - tune in there. Unbelievable #Ticketpic.twitter.com/Txfsk3ouhv— Cst. Marc Taraso (@MT9345) March 30, 2019
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