Halton police will target what they dub the bad four driving behaviours over the next month with a patrol project they’re calling Viocurus in Milton and Halton Hills.
Aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and failure to wear seatbelts are the four driving behaviours police will be targeting.
The aim of the project, according to Sgt. Paul Rudall with the Milton District Response Unit (DRU), is to reduce serious collisions that occur along commuter routes and make the community safer for motorists.
Patrol officers from the DRU will be engaged in high visibility patrol and will operate in teams to maximize police visibility.
Rudall notes that Viocurus, a Latin term meaning master of roads, is appropriate. He said they decided to run the safety initiative for the next 30 days — into the first week of March at least — based on disturbing statistics from last year’s first quarter when there were 940 reported collisions from January to the end of March.
“This is our effort to try to mitigate the risk for motorists,” he said, noting officers will be particularly visible along commuter routes, such as Derry Road.
Rudall reminds the public to help keep officers safe by slowing down and moving over when they pass a police vehicle involved in a traffic stop.
In Ontario, the Highway Traffic Act requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the roadway with its lights activated. If the roadway has more than one lane, the law requires the driver to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle if it can be done safely. Failure to do so can result in fines from $400 to $2,000 and three demerit points for a first offence.