Operation Safe Streets Leaside

By Constable Timothy Somers,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 11:01 a.m. June 30, 2015

On Thursday June 25th, 2015, 53 Division Community Response Unit Officers, Crime Prevention Officers and Auxiliary Officers focused on the Leaside community for a one-day traffic blitz.

A police SUV parked behind another SUV near a sign that reads: Slow Down, Kids at Play
A vehicle is pulled over in Leaside as part of a one-day traffic enforcement blitz of the area

The original blitz was held in 2014 in response to a seven-year-old girl being killed in a traffic collision that shook the community.

During the Thursday blitz, designed by Constable Jami Bernier, officers were divided into five teams, each responsible for three areas of enforcement. This allowed the overall team to respond to 15 different locations of concern to the community over five hours of enforcement.

The results of the blitz indicate there are a significant number of drivers not obeying traffic signs, lights and the speed limit. During the blitz, Auxiliary Officers provided drivers and community members with literature to educate about distracted driving and safe driving. Several members of the community made effort to approach the officers to thank them for the enforcement. 53 Division would like to thank the community for their continued support in keeping their neighbourhoods safe.

The blitz resulted in over 200 vehicles investigated, 119 drivers charged with various offences along with 119 drivers cautioned for their offences. The goal being to significantly reduce the number of driving offences, through enforcement along with educating drivers. 53 Division is going to continue to create traffic initiatives like this to promote safe driving.

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