NRPS hold 2017 back to school traffic safety and awareness day

NRP LogoOn Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Niagara Regional Police Service conducted its 17th annual back to school traffic safety and awareness day. This enforcement day coincides with the first day of school for the majority of the children in the Niagara Region. Keeping with the similar plan as last year, officers focused their attention on the safety of the crossing guards and students in crosswalks, drivers who disobeyed stopped school buses and vehicles speeding in school zones.

Each year, officers who work in specialty units who are not regularly assigned to uniform patrol duties, were asked once again to put on their uniforms and take to the streets to conduct enforcement. This year approximately 70 police officers took part in this initiative, from a couple of new recruits to the Acting Chief of Police.

In feedback from officers participating in this initiative, many reported that there appeared to be a high level of road safety compliance this year with few drivers committing traffic offences in their respective areas. This year approximately 87 vehicles were stopped for various offences. In total 49 tickets were issued and 38 warnings were given. Of the tickets issued, 32 were for speeding, 4 were for distracted driving, 4 for disobeying school crossing sign, 1 for not wearing a seatbelt and 8 for other various Provincial offences.

Members of the Niagara Regional Police Service will continue to conduct traffic safety programs in school zones throughout the entire school year, by targeting aggressive and distracted drivers. The Niagara Regional Police Service wish to remind all drivers to be alert, drive with caution and be aware of their surroundings, especially in the area of schools and other educational facilities.

In summary to the annual back to school event, Acting Chief Bryan MacCulloch said: “The Niagara Regional Police Service would like to thank the members of the public for their continued support on our back-to-school traffic initiative. This one day campaign highlights the need for road safety and protecting our young people. Road safety is, and will continue to be one of our primary core responsibilities in Niagara.”

Source – Niagara Regional Police Service press release

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