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2021 Traffic Safety Campaign- "Stay Focused, Stay Safe,"
Update, Campaign Results

Broadcast time: 09:40
Date: Monday, November 22, 2021
Unit: Traffic Services
Phone: 416-808-1900

As part of the return to Standard Time on Sunday, November 7, 2021, Traffic Services conducted its ‘Stay Focused, Stay Safe,’ campaign from November 5-14, 2021, to remind motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that road safety is a shared responsibility.

See previous release

The return to Standard Time means shorter days and reduced visibility for all road users and historically there has been a 30 per cent increase in pedestrian-involved collisions in the weeks surrounding the time change.

Throughout the campaign, officers took action in our communities by educating road users on “The Big 4” driving behaviours known to cause injuries to those using the roads. They conducted enforcement for speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted, and driving while impaired.

Officers issued a total of 5,200 tickets to motorists from November 5 - 14, 2021.

Tickets issued included:

Speeding- 2,611
Aggressive driving – 1,209
Distracted Diving- 192
Other- 1,157

In addition to these charges, officers laid 37 stunt related infractions. Being charged with stunt driving carries an automatic 30-day licence suspension and results in the vehicle being impounded for 14 days. There are additional towing and storage fees which will also be incurred. Upon conviction for stunt driving, you could face fines of up to $10,000, demerit points and the following licence suspensions:

-First offence – minimum one to three years
-Second offence – minimum three to ten years
-Third offence – lifetime suspension

Distracted driving is not only dangerous, but also may result in fines of up to $3,000 and licence suspension upon conviction. During this campaign 192 drivers were charged with distracted driving offences. Upon conviction you could face the following penalties:

-First offence – a fine of up to $1,000, demerit points, 3-day licence suspension
-Second offence – a fine of up to $2,000, demerit points, 7-day licence suspension
-Third offence – a fine of up to $3,000, demerit points, 30-day licence suspension

Officers also made a total of 38 impaired related arrests during this campaign. Impaired operation is a criminal offence and results in an immediate 90-day license suspension, along with a 7-day vehicle impoundment. Upon conviction for impaired operation, the driver could face the following penalties, along with other court imposed conditions:

-First offence – minimum $1,000 fine, licence suspension of at least one year, possible ignition interlock
-Second offence within 10 years – 30-day imprisonment, licence suspension of at least 3 years
-Third or more offence within 10 years – 120-day imprisonment, licence suspension indefinitely

Traffic Services would like to thank everyone who helped spread the traffic safety message, including York Regional Police Service who partnered with us to promote the campaign.

Changing behaviour through education, engagement, and enforcement are key to reducing serious collisions. Road safety is a shared responsibility.

Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan acknowledges that collisions are inevitable but that killed or seriously injured (KSI) collisions are preventable and unacceptable. Zero injuries and deaths on our roads is the number we should all be working towards.

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Sergeant Melissa Kulik, Traffic Services, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services