The Joint Service Enforcement Team (JSET) handed out more than 400 tickets last month and will continue to focus on distracted driving.
DRPS launched a six-month partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to enhance roadway safety across Durham Region, with a focus on the Big Four Killers and commercial motor vehicle safety.
JSET members conducted enforcement at various locations throughout Durham Region with the following results in May:
407 Tickets issued
13 Summons issued
65 Commercial motor vehicles stopped
72 Commercial motor vehicle charges
42 Commercial motor vehicle Inspections
1 Criminal Code charge
24 Commercial motor vehicles were taken out of service
Officers will continue with a new campaign to enforce distracted driving laws. In September 2015, fines increased to $490 with three demerit points and distracted driving has surpassed impaired driving as the leading cause of fatal collisions.
In 2014, 3671 drivers were charged under the Highway Traffic Act as a result of Distracted Driving in Durham Region. In 2015, 2705 drivers were charged and as of May 27th, 2016, 611 Drivers have been charged as a result of Distracted Driving.