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Provincial police to focus on year-round enforcement

TORONTO, Ont. -- Holiday weekend traffic blitzes are being put on the shelf by the Ontario Provincial Police, in fa...


The OPP will soon be cruising around in new black and white vehicles.
The OPP will soon be cruising around in new black and white vehicles.

TORONTO, Ont. — Holiday weekend traffic blitzes are being put on the shelf by the Ontario Provincial Police, in favour of a new year-round enforcement approach.

The Provincial Traffic Safety Program incorporates high visibility, measurable outcomes, professional traffic stops and public education, in a proactive approach to traffic safety directed at high-risk behaviours.

Occupant restraint, impaired driving and aggressive driving behaviours represent the major causal factors in fatal and serious injury collisions, announced OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino. The focus of the Provincial Traffic Safety Program is to reduce injuries and save lives on Ontarios highways, trails and waterways.

An active OPP strategy will attempt to limit high risk driving behaviours through a more visible police presence.

Resources will be directed towards identifying hot spots for the purpose of reducing or eliminating collisions in a specific geographical area. This approach ensures a unified methodology focused on reducing injuries and saving lives, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year, noted the organization.

OPP officers will soon be patrolling Ontario roadways and communities in the traditional black and white police car, adding greater visibility and instant recognition to OPP general duty and traffic patrol.

“The black and white patrol vehicle will be instantly recognizable as an OPP patrol car and, with the new LED high visibility roof lights and vehicle markings, will have a greater impact on the visibility of OPP vehicles patrolling our communities and our roadways,” stated Fantino.


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