With 88,204 tickets issued, it averages to more than 240 tickets a day in Mississauga and Brampton.
Tickets range from carrying an unsafe load to making unsafe lane changes, like this driver near Heartland Town Centre this past April:
“Road safety is a priority to the public and it’s one of our key strategic objectives. We are committed to improving road safety and pedestrian safety through education, enforcement and proactive strategies,” said Const. Harinder Sohi. “Police enforce the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) in an effort to change dangerous driving habits and keep our roads safe. Our road safety experts also use analytics to assist with investigations and to manage traffic safety concerns proactively.”
Peel Police Chief Jennifer Evans has said that “road safety” has been identified by residents as a “top safety concern” and as a result, Peel officers have beefed up their traffic campaigns.
Here are the top traffic violations in Mississauga and Brampton, based on data obtained from last year:
1) Speeding: 30,333 tickets
No. 1 ticket issued in Peel. Has been for a long while.
2) Expired licence plate: 16,294
It’s a regular occurrence in Peel, and even worse, in more than 500 cases last year, the same drivers were ticketed for driving without insurance.
3) Running a stop sign: 4,883
If you do the math, this happened, on average, 13 times a day in Peel last year. Concerning, to say the least.
4) Texting (or talking) and driving: 4,639
Police continue to try to drive home the message that distracted driving kills and that using Bluetooth or hands-free technology could save lives.
5) Careless driving: 3,962
Great deal of interpretation on this charge. But, in most cases, it’s laid when the careless actions of a driver leads to a collision. Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act defines careless driving as driving “a vehicle … on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway.” It’s one of the few HTA charges that could result in jail time.