Canada road safety week in Halton - not one fatality. There are still drivers thinking they can text and drive - and the drunks and drug nuts are still out there.

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May 25th, 2106


During the period of May 17-23, uniform and plainclothes officers from across all areas of the Halton Regional Police Service supported the National driving campaign known as ‘Canada Road Safety Week’, conducting a heightened level of traffic enforcement on our area roadways.

Officers focused on what has become known as the ‘Big 4 Killers’ on our roads, including aggressive & distracted driving, impaired operation – by alcohol or drug, and seat belt use.

During the seven days of enforcement, which ended with the conclusion of the Victoria Day Long Weekend, Halton Police laid a total of 1903 charges. The top three charges included:

1. Speeding;
2. Disobey stop sign; and
3. Distracted driving (cell phone)

During this campaign, Halton Police conducted a variety of enforcement, including RIDE, to specifically address the ongoing concern of motorists choosing to drive while impaired. 12 motorists were arrested and charged with impaired driving related offences which include impaired by drug. Highlights include:

• On Friday, May 20th officers were conducting a proactive RIDE spot check on Appleby Line near Fairview Street. Over the course of the RIDE check, a driver was engaged by police as a part of the routine stop. As a result of this engagement, police discovered he was in possession approximately three pounds of marihuana. The driver was charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

• On Saturday, May 21st officers responded to a single vehicle collision below the Burlington Skyway. The female driver was subsequently arrested for impaired operation and for possessing a quantity of cocaine.

• On Sunday, May 22nd police were engaged in proactive speed enforcement on Bronte Road near Speers Road. Police noted a driver operating his motor vehicle at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was initiated by police and the driver was found to be impaired by both alcohol and drugs. In addition, the driver was found to be in possession of a quantity of marihuana.

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah pleads his innocence to the charge of Grand Theft Donuts, looking on is Halton Regional Police Detective Constable Paul Proteau.

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah and Halton Regional Police Detective Constable Paul Proteau.

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah commented, “Traffic enforcement, public messaging and the time officers spend on these traffic initiatives are just one element of our collaborative strategy towards improved road safety. It involves our Region, each Municipality, partnering agencies and citizens focusing on opportunities for prevention, social development and risk mitigation.”

Halton Police would like to thank area motorists who made the choice to slow down, obey posted signage and for resisting the urge to handle your cell phone while driving. It’s a positive choice all motorists can make which will make our roads safer for everyone.

If you observe a vehicle being operated in a manner which places you or anyone else in danger, please call 911 for an immediate police response.

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