Peel Regional Police: 471 Charges Laid in 2-Day Road Safety Blitz
Peel Regional Police banned together with their partners from York Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police for a 2-Day traffic blitz, all with the goal to reduce personal injury on HWY 50 by increasing enforcement and awareness.
Hwy 50 is a roadway in the Region of Peel that boarders Bolton to the north and York Region to the east. This roadway is heavily used by commuter and commercial motor vehicle traffic. A total of 253 reported motor vehicle collisions took place on this roadway in 2017 and so far in 2018 there have been 158 reported collisions.
Unfortunate and preventable tragedy has occurred on Hwy 50 as a result of these collisions. The most recently near Countryside Drive on August 4, 2018, when a woman and two young children were victims of a two car fatal collision.
In order to reduce and prevent this type of needless harm, our partners came together to increase enforcement of the offences that are a direct link to collisions and injury on the roadways. Their main focus was on speeding, stunt driving, distracted driving, controlled intersection compliance, seat belt use and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) compliance.
The conclusion of this joint effort resulted in a total of 471 charges laid from speeding to distracted driving to CVSA offences. When Acting Sergeant Zehr was asked why this campaign was so important he replied “Small mistakes have dire consequences, this enforcement is one step at reminding people not to take driving for granted.”
While the blitz may be over, this enforcement does not end after two days. It continues with our daily traffic enforcement from our Road Safety Services unit, divisional traffic units and daily patrol officers who are on the road 24/7 working together to improve road safety.