SUDBURY, Ontario — As part of its designated School Bus Safety Month in September, the Greater Sudbury Police Service Traffic Management Unit (TMU) cracked down on motorists who committed safety-related infractions.
Enforcement efforts were focused in school zones throughout September. Members of the TMU attended various school zones and traveled bus routes throughout the city in both marked and unmarked police vehicles.
The following provincial offense notices were issued:
• 105 speeding violations
• 15 hand-held device offenses (cell phones)
• 3 seat belt infractions
• 34 other provincial stat offenses
• More than 40 warnings and 72-hour notices
Police also received reports of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses. The fine for this offense is $490 and six demerit points.
The enforcement efforts were part of the 12 Month High Visibility Program, which also includes an educational component. The TMU commenced its “Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth” presentations with high school students. Members of the rural unit and the TMU attended the mayor’s reception for international students in September and provided information pamphlets on safe driving practices.
Additionally, the Operation Impact Campaign, which took place Oct. 11-14, focused on high-risk driving practices such as distracted driving, aggressive driving, seat belt use and impaired driving. This road safety strategy is being incorporated into the 12 Month High Visibility Program by concentrating efforts on these issues during the entire month of October.