1,754 Toronto drivers ticketed in back-to-school safety blitz

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This year’s annual back-to-school safety blitz conducted by the Toronto police netted 1,754 tickets within the first week of classes.

In a release issued Monday morning, police said that between September 3 and September 6, officers were outside schools across the city educating and reminding drivers, parents and the community about traffic safety.

Many drivers were caught speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted or not making a full stop at a stop sign as well as drivers who had parked illegally.

“Making sure kids get to and from school safely is and will continue to be a priority for police. This work would not be possible without the support of parents and the local community,” Sgt. Brett Moore with the force’s traffic services said.

Besides handing out tickets, police officers were educating and reminded drivers about the importance of staying focused and in control at all times to be prepared for any hazards or changes in road conditions.

Out of the 1,754 tickets, police said 873 tickets were sign offences and 625 tickets were for speeding, the two most common violations.

“Collisions do happen, but by slowing down and keeping your eye on the road, it can prevent children from being seriously injured,” Moore said. “You cannot take back a collision after it has happened.”

Sometimes a talk by a police officer could be far more effective than simply handing out tickets without a bit of counselling. The sheer gratitude of a driver who has learnt a lesson without being hit with a ticket that could mess his or her record and insurance rate would ensure better compliance. -CINEWS

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