Woodstock Police Chief Bill Renton, left, and Oxford OPP Inspector Tony Hymers announced the start of Operation Zero, a traffic initiative that combines both forces. (HEATHER RIVERS/SENTINEL-REVIEW)

Six Woodstock drivers have been charged after being stopped in front of the Woodstock Police station on Dundas St. while using their cell phones, police say.

On Monday Operation Zero, a joint initiative between Woodstock police and Oxford OPP released the results of a two-day blitz on Thursday and Friday last week.

“The blatant disregard for public safety is disappointing,” said Woodstock police Chief Bill Renton. “We will continue actively enforcing distracted driving as this is a leading cause of preventable collisions and injuries on our roadways.”

The goal of the new joint traffic initiative is to reduce personal injuries and fatalities to virtually nothing, police say.

During the blitz 125 tickets were handed out including 88 for speeding, eight for not wearing a seatbelt, eight for distracted driving and 21 for other violations.

This joint Forces Traffic Safety Initiative will be conducted on a quarterly basis with another two-day blitz in the fall.

Source: Woodstock Sentinel Review