With resumption of classes, Durham Police conducting traffic blitz around schools

The Durham Region Police Service (DRPS) will be conducting its annual traffic safety blitz around neighbourhood schools in Durham Region as students return to class after the holidays.

The Durham Regional Police Traffic Services Branch, in conjunction with officers from all divisions, will conduct a zero tolerance traffic enforcement campaign targeting school and community safety zones during the week of Jan. 7-11.

Last year, more than 1,000 traffic tickets were issued during the blitz, which included 667 tickets for speeding and eight charges of distracted driving.

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.

Under Ontario’s Bill 90, roads adjoining schools are school safety zones that continue a certain distance in either direction. School safety zones have signage and roadway markings at every entrance to the school safety zone and at intersections and crosswalks. The signs may include flashing lights and or signs that detect and display the speed of approaching vehicles. Municipalities have the power to prescribe a lower rate of speed, which most do.

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