Speeding Top Offence in Halton's Back to School Blitz: Police

Speeding is being singled out by Halton police as the most common offence during the annual back to school campaign.

Traffic safety begins with the individual choices each driver makes.” said Sgt. Ryan Snow from the traffic services unit.

When drivers comply with the rules of the road, everyone wins and gets to go home safely.”

Project Safe Start has been running for more than 10 years and “has been a highly visible reminder” to drivers that children are back in school, say police.

Here are the results from this year’s blitz: The top three offences were speeding (1,042 charges), disobeying stop signs (480 charges) and distracted driving (126 charges).

Officers issued a total of 2,482 tickets — up slightly over the 2,299 issued during Project Safe Start in 2016.

Roughly 736 warnings were issued to drivers in 2017.

The campaign ran from Aug. 28 to Sept. 8, focusing on the need to slow down in and around school zones, watch for pedestrians and pay attention to school crossing guards escorting children across busy intersections.

Residents can file driving complaints or request enforcement.

Criminal/dangerous driving should be reported immediately by calling 911.

Photo courtesy of Halton Regional Police

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