Slow Down Toronto

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:46 p.m. April 4, 2018

Speeding was the top infraction during a city-wide traffic initiative conducted by Toronto Police.

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Drivers must be-aware of their surroundings at all times, especially in school zones

Slown Down Toronto, a two-week road safety campaign that focused on school zones, ended on April 1.

A total of 6,800 provincial offence notices were issued during the campaign. There were 4,122 speeding tickets issued.

“When we look at the numbers, as expected unfortunately, speeding was number one,” said Constable Clint Stibbe of Traffic Services. “It is the number one ticket that the Service as a whole issue year after year and this was evident in the enforcement during the Slow Down Toronto campaign.

“What we need to recognize is that speeding is the single main cause of fatal collisions or serious personal injury collisions in the City of Toronto. By reducing speed, lives are saved. Vision Zero is not only a collaboration with our partners but also the community to make the roads safer. We can’t do it alone. The community has to help by following the rules, reducing their speeds and saving lives in the process.”

A total of 42 pedestrians were killed last year.

“The number of pedestrians involved in active transportation as well as cyclists is increasing,” added Stibbe. “This means there are more vulnerable road users on our roads. Drivers have to be aware that they hold the safety of our public in their hands. The easiest way to keep the public safe is by reducing your speed.”

After speeding, disobeying stop sign offences was the next major infraction with 871 followed by disobeying signs with 737, distracted driving (443), red light offences (338) and unsafe lane changes (196).

Click here to read more about the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan

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