Winter Watch Traffic Campaign Results

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 10:33 a.m. February 3, 2021

Travelling above the speed limit caught the attention of police during a recent education and enforcement campaign.

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Winter Watch targeted enforcement of driving behaviours endangering pedestrians

Between January 25 and January 31, officers enforced and educated road users on collision-causing behaviours during the #WinterWatchTO pedestrian campaign.

Frontline officers were focused on "The Big 4" behaviours known to cause injuries to road users. These behaviours include speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted and driving while impaired.

The Toronto Police Service issued over 3,800 tickets during its "Winter Watch" week of action.

The tickets included 2,222 for speeding, 734 for aggressive driving, 128 for holding hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle and 769 for other traffic offences.

“We still see individuals taking advantage of open roads engaging in excessive speeding and stunt driving,” said Sgt. Jason Kraft. “Our message is for them to slow down and take your time. We are in this together and they need to be considerate of others, particularly the vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.”

Additionally, officers laid 11 stunt driving-related infractions where the drivers received a licence suspension and their vehicles were impounded. A total of 10 impaired-related arrests were also made.

"We want to thank all those who helped spread our traffic safety messages throughout our #WinterWatchTO Pedestrian Campaign", said Constable Jenelle Higo of Traffic Safety Programs. "When we take traffic safety seriously, we all benefit. Our hope is that we continue to change driver behaviour through education, engagement and enforcement to make all roads safe for everyone. If we can prevent the loss of one life, we are making a difference."

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