Durham Regional Police cruiser.

Durham Regional Police cruiser.

Dozens of motorists, including one accused of drunk driving, were charged when Durham police conducted their annual back-to-school safety blitz last week.

The Back In The Zone initiative saw cops monitoring traffic at school zones throughout the region from the first day of school Sept. 8, until Sept. 11. Officers were on the lookout for dangerous behaviours including speeding and distracted driving.

During the week officers issued 1,017 tickets, including 543 speeding infractions and 25 distracted driving charges, police said.

In addition, a 37-year-old Whitby woman was charged with driving while exceeding the legal blood alcohol level after being stopped for speeding in a school zone in Port Perry on Sept. 8, the first day of school, police said.

Last year’s blitz saw more than 1,200 tickets handed out to drivers.

Source: DurhamRegion.com