Saturday, September 6, 2008

Cops continue crackdown on speeders

The Timmins Times
Timmins Police Service says the Aggressive Driver Hotline is working. Aggressive drivers are being reported on by alert citizens and the number of automobile accidents in Timmins is being reduced. Details released at a news conference Thursday show that from May until September, Timmins Police had 60 calls on the hotline. “The Timmins Police Service was able to investigate and send out 31 letters to registered owners regarding aggressive drivers of these vehicles,” said traffic sergeant Bill Aird(at right). He added that the remaining 29 complaints did not have enough information for police to conduct any follow up. But even though the hotline appears to be a successful enforcement tool, Timmins Police Chief Richard Laperriere says he is “alarmed” that too many drivers continue to drive too fast in Timmins. The chief says he is sending a clear message to aggressive drivers.
“Our message today is ‘yes we will continue to be aggressive in regards to enforcement. Yes, we will be out there’,” he said
“Our goal is clear. We want to reduce motor vehicle accidents, fatalities and personal injuries,” said the chief.
He says the priority for police at the moment is local school zones.
“As you all know, kids are back in school and I want to make it very clear today we are going to be very aggressive in regards to the speed limits in our school zones,” said the chief, adding that the speed limit in those zones is 40 kilometres per hour.
He adds however, that enforcement will occur in all parts of the city, day and night.
As an example of stepping up enforcement, the chief stated that at one point last week, police checked out the area of Connaught Hill and the Langmuir Road. He says police radar was on the scene for only 90 minutes and 22 vehicles were speeding. “The officer was there for an hour-and-a-half, and twenty-two vehicles speeding… that’s alarming to me,” said the chief(at right).
“I just don’t understand that. What’s the rush?” asked the chief.
He says driving over the speed limit is likely the number one concern in Timmins.
Laperriere says the news was not all bad.
“The good news is that our motor vehicle accidents are down by nine per cent,” said the chief, referring to local traffic accident numbers compared from July 2007 to July 2008.
“The hotline played a role in that. Our increased enforcement played a role in that,” he added.
Aird urges motorists to continue calling the hotline since he says it will help make Timmins a safer place to be for all drivers.
The aggressive driver hotline number is 360-8717.

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