Public and municipal government concern over traffic issues and the increased number of incidents involving death and serious injury remains a common theme in Halton Region. And with good reason: motor vehicle collisions are the greatest public safety risk facing our community today.
The Halton Regional Police Service remains committed to keeping our roads safe for residents and visitors.
The simple fact is speed and/or alcohol are key aggrevating factors in a vast majority of fatal accidents.
Tragedy on our roads is almost entirely preventable if everyone would slow down, buckle up and minimize distractions such as using cellular phones and mobile data devices while driving.
While driver education and engineering can minimize risk, the weakest link in road safety is human behaviour. As drivers, we are all responsible and accountable for road safety. Please help members of the Halton Regional Police Service by doing your part to drive to arrive alive, and take an active role in reporting incidents on our roadways which you feel are unsafe and dangerous to motorists and pedestrians. Together, we can make our roads safer for everyone.
The Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) program remains a key deterrent against drunk driving. R.I.D.E. spot checks are conducted year round, with an emphasis placed on holidays and long weekends when higher volumes of traffic and opportunities to drink and drive are present.
Follows are the results of the 2015 R.I.D.E. holiday campaign which ran from December 1st-31st:
Provincial Seat Belt Campaigns
Provincial Seat Belt Campaigns are held twice yearly to educate and inform members of the public about the importance and legal requirements surrounding seat belt use. In 2010, the provincial compliance rate was 95%.
Project Safe Start
Project Safe Start is an annual initiative that enforces road safety for students and drivers at schools in the days following the start of the school year. Specific attention is paid to the five "S" infractions: speeding, seat belts, stop signs, school bus and zone enforcement.
Radar Message Board / Speed Shield
Members of Communities on Phone Patrol (COPP) and the Burlington Crime Prevention Committee set up the Halton Regional Police Service radar message board to raise awareness about speeding year-round and during annual campaigns such as Project Safe Start.
Operation Tag and Tow
Commercial Motor Vehicle enforcement plays a significant role in keeping Halton Region roads safe. The HRPS partners with other police agencies, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of the Environment and the Region of Halton to conduct commerical motor vehicle blitzes which focus on identifying vehicles that may not be properly maintained and could pose a danger on our roads.
Project Five-0 is a traffic safety initiative that targets those drivers who choose to speed on residential 50 km/hr streets.
Project Erase is a multi-service initiative to eliminate street racing.
In 2014, the Halton Regional Police Service handed out 47,384 Provincial Offence Notices.