This month, Peterborough police are focusing on drivers who run red lights or make improper turns. Dan Nyznik joined the traffic unit on a busy Friday morning.

Peterborough police continue to target traffic-light offences during this month’s traffic blitz.

The traffic services unit has laid 135 charges so far in March, police said Friday.

The blitz has included plainclothes officers standing along sidewalks at intersections watching drivers and relaying information to officers in vehicles.

As concerning for police are the continued distracted driving infractions with drivers using cellphones.

“Even following our February targeted enforcement of distracted driving, this is still a huge problem,” said Sgt. Peter Sejrup. “During a one-day detail on March 22 focusing on traffic light offences, we still laid 12 charges for distracted driving.”

Serjup reminds motorists that distracted driving, which comes with a fine of $490, includes the use of cellphones, tablets, GPS and iPods and other electronic entertainment devices while driving.

“Simply holding a phone or other device while driving is against the law,” he said.

The Traffic Services Unit reminds people that a vehicle does not have to be in motion for a charge of distracted driving to be laid. Using a handheld device, such as a cellphone or GPS, while stopped at a red light or stop sign, is considered distracted driving.

Fines for disobeying traffic signals include:

  • Red light $325 and 3 demerit points
  • Amber light $180 and 3 demerit points
  • Green arrow-fail to proceed as directed $110 and 3 demerit points
  • Fail to yield to pedestrian $180 and 3 demerit points
  • Fail to obey crossing guard sign $180 and 3 demerit points

Source: Global News