SELECTED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND PROGRAM (S.T.E.P.)
Throughout 2015 Frontline Uniform Officers focused on several Safety Initiatives, from Seatbelt Infractions, Smoke Free Environment in a vehicle, to Community Safety Zone Speeding, Intersection Safety and Distractive Driving.
As a result of these Initiatives, numerous charges were laid and verbal warnings were given under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA), Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
Drive motor vehicle fail to properly wear seatbelt H.T.A. section 106(2)
Fail to surrender insurance card C.A.I.A Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act section 3(1)
Fail to surrender permit for motor vehicle H.T.A. section 7(1)(a)
Driver fail to surrender licence H.T.A. section 33(1)
Smoke Free Environment in a vehicle;
Only 13 cautions were given during the Initiative under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
Protection for people under 16 years old in motor vehicles
9.2 (1) No person shall smoke tobacco or have lighted tobacco in a motor vehicle while another person who is less than 16 years old is present in the vehicle
It appears that most people are abiding by the no smoking in a vehicle with a person under the age of 16 years.
Community Safety Zone Speeding
Highway Traffic infractions included Speeding, equipment defects and fail to surrender documents.
Motorist were charged or cautioned about the infractions.
Motorist received tickets for Careless Driving, Red - Light Fail to Stop, Amber Light – Fail to Stop, Fail to Yield to Traffic and Speeding.
Verbal Cautions were also issued to motorist for Red Light – Fail to Stop, Disobey Stop Sign – Fail to Stop and Speeding.
Hand-held devices prohibited
Wireless communication devices
78.1 (1) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway while holding or using a hand-held wireless communication device or other prescribed device that is capable of receiving or transmitting telephone communications, electronic data, mail or text messages. 2009, c. 4, s. 2; 2015, c. 27, Sched. 7, s. 18.
Officers issued tickets and numerous verbal warnings to motorist whom they observed contravening the above section of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
Officer Presence on area roadways and intersections during the targeted periods assisted in diminishing the amount of infractions related to the legislation.