Drug charges laid after one vehicle runs a red lightDuring a school zone traffic blitz last week, Durham police issued 1,362 traffic tickets — including 786 tickets for speeding.
The police traffic services branch, with officers from all Durham divisions, initiated a zero-tolerance In the Zone traffic enforcement campaign targeting school and community safety zones during the week of Jan. 4 to 8.
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, at approximately 3:50 p.m., during one of the patrols, two officers witnessed a car run a right light at Elm Street in Oshawa. During the traffic stop, officers conducted an investigation into the four occupants. The 18-year-old female driver was ticketed for failing to stop at the red light and two of the car’s passengers were arrested and face several charges.
Michael Turlon, age 23, of Jane Street in Toronto, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin).
A 15-year-old boy from Brampton is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (crack cocaine) and possession of a controlled substance. The young offender cannot be identified.
The goal of the annual In the Zone enforcement campaign is to ensure high officer visibility and proactive enforcement in and around school zones during the first week back to school after the Christmas break. The number of traffic tickets issued this year actually improved from the 2015 campaign. Last year’s traffic blitz resulted in more than 1,500 tickets being issued for various driving offences in and around schools.