and Halton Hills has a team of officers dedicated to addressing traffic-related concerns. These officers, referred to as the District Response Unit (DRU) are specialists who work hard to address traffic-related complaints, and identified and anticipated issues.
Key programs and responses underway in Halton Hills include:
When You Choose Your Speed, You Choose Your Fine:
This program provides consistent, firm and fair traffic enforcement by ensuring that speeding drivers are ticketed for the offence they committed - that they are charged with the speed in which they were operating their vehicles.
More than 15,000 tickets are issued in Milton/Halton Hills each year - the majority of which are for speeding. The speeds cited in a small fraction of these were reduced at roadside (and these were made under exceptional circumstances).
In fact, more than 30 per cent of speeding charges resulted in increased fines for offenders caught in areas were fines are doubled, such as community safety zones and construction zones with workers present.
Increasing the Perception of Apprehension:
DRU works to increase the public's 'perception of apprehension' by saturating an area with full-team traffic enforcement.
This program is accomplished primarily through 'intercept' operations where plainclothes officers covertly identify offenders to obtain offence information pertaining to speeding, intersection infractions, seat belts and other tenets of the Highway Traffic Act. The officers then radio a uniformed officer in a police vehicle positioned up the road to intercept the offending vehicle.
By involving multiple police vehicles at any one time, passing motorists receive a powerful reminder that traffic enforcement is an ever-present force on Halton roads.
Speedi Radar Message Board
The Halton Regional Police Service has deployed a new radar speed message board equipped with a video camera. Known as the Speedi (pronounced "Speed Eye"), the system displays speeds of passing motorists and takes video pictures of speeding vehicles and their licence plates. Owners of offending vehicles can expect to receive a Road Watch warning letter in the mail advising them of their vehicles involvement in a speeding infraction. No charges are laid against owners or drivers under this system.
R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Drivers Everywhere):
DRU officers routinely conduct R.I.D.E. spot checks to reduce incidents of impaired driving on area streets. Additional methods of detection may include:
- Conducting mobile traffic stops to check driver sobriety
- Encouraging members of the public to report known or habitual drunk drivers by calling the police directly (905-825-4777) or via Crime Stoppers
- Ensuring convicted drunk drivers comply with their driving prohibitions
RAID (Reduce Accidents In Derry):
The Reduce Accidents In Derry (RAID) program was initiated in 2007 after analysis indicated the east/west commuter roads in the Derry area were experiencing the highest incidence of collisions in Milton and Halton Hills.
In the first half of 2008 alone, 414 charges were laid in response to this targeted community safety project.
Note: Milton town engineers have also installed signalized intersections at several key locations. The result has been a significant reduction in reported motor vehicle collisions in the area.
Community Safety/Construction Zones:
Special traffic enforcement emphasis is placed on designated community safety zones and construction zones when workers are present.
Drivers Beware: Fines are doubled in these areas.
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (C.M.V.):
Commercial Motor Vehicle enforcement plays a significant role in keeping Halton Region roads safe.
A total of 889 truck inspections were conducted in 2012. Of these, 68 per cent failed. Hundreds of vehicles were taken off the road (and out of service) for various infractions, including:
- Faulty brakes
- Being overloaded
- Unsafe tires
- Load issues
More than 2,700 C.M.V.-related charges were laid by the Halton Regional Police Service Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit for:
- Equipment infractions
- Load security
- Dangerous goods
- Weight and/or dimension violations
- Improper/missing documents
- Moving violations; 15 non-moving violations
In excess of $700,000.00 was levied in fines.
Driver Education/Offence Prevention:
Driver Education/Offence Prevention is a key DRU activity. All drivers charged with an offence by DRU officers are given information on why enforcement is conducted, community-specific statistics on motor vehicle crashes, and options for drivers to deal with their tickets.
Press releases regarding local traffic enforcement are also issued to members of the media when appropriate.