Traffic Safety

COMMUNITY TRAFFIC AND PATROLS OF THE VILLAGE

STRATEGY:  

Continue with operational strategies implemented in the past within the service.

Respond to community concerns regarding traffic and patrols within the village.  Continue with community education component, awareness as well as enforcement.

RESULTS:

This 2012 strategy achieved the desired results.

In 2012, we laid a total of 228 traffic-related charges.  This is up from our 2011 total of 155.

We also experienced fewer traffic-related complaints from the previous year.  In 2011, we had 148.  In 2012, we only had 130.

In 2012 we conducted a total of 20 RIDE programs.  This was two more than 2011.

Our service receives a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.  In 2012 we were successful in obtaining $13,351 in grant funding that must be spent on “RIDE” initiatives.

In 2011 we laid 40 impaired driving-related charges.  In 2012 we laid 46 .

In 2012 we investigated 46 personal injury motor vehicle accidents.  We investigated 161 property damage accidents.  In 2012 we had 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents.  In total,  MVA investigations from the previous year, dropped from 234 to 210

At the end of 2012, as compared to our 2011 experience:

* We laid more traffic charges

* Conducted more RIDE checks

* Received fewer traffic-related complaints

* Experienced a significant drop in motor vehicle accidents

* Laid more impaired driving charges.

The Deputy Chief committed to investigate having the village of Ohsweken designated a community safety zone.  He conducted some research on the internet, but has not approached Council.  Basically this would reduce the speed limits within the village and increase the fines.  Police presence and enforcement seem to be the issue so there is question as to how much of an impact, if any, this would have.

Mandatory traffic enforcement guidelines were deemed not necessary after discussion with our front-line Sergeants.  They felt just reinforcing the importance of this strategy would be all that is needed.  Our year-end totals validate this.

Foot patrols in the village were conducted but on a very small scale.  Our front line officers just do not have the time to conduct these types of patrols.  Consequently, being visible in their vehicles was reinforced.

Our Community Services Section was responsible for community traffic awareness initiatives.

A number of these were conducted throughout the year.  They included, but were not limited to:  seat belt awareness, car seat education, school bus safety and RIDE checks focussing on community education.