Nearly 80 tickets handed out during commercial vehicle safety blitz

A total of 78 tickets were handed out during a commercial vehicle safety blitz in North Durham this week.

The DRPS partnered with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the Ministry of Transportation for the four-day initiative.

“Enforcement occurred at various locations in Beaverton, Manchester, Cannington and Goodwood, and focused on safety and environmental violations,” reads a media release from police.

“Over the four-day period, 41 inspections were conducted and 24 per cent of those vehicles were taken off the road. A total of 78 tickets were handed out for various infractions and 32 cautions were given.”

As well, 11 environmental inspections occurred with a 45 per cent failure rate, police said.

“We wanted to send a strong message to the drivers and the companies who own and operate commercial motor vehicles,” said North Division Inspector Cathy Bawden.

“We will not compromise on safety. Our citizens and our communities deserve it. We will continue to remain focused on these traffic safety issues in North Durham and hold these individuals and companies accountable for their unsafe practices.”

According to the media release, such blitzes support the new, collaborative regional traffic initiative – Durham Vision Zero.

“Through public opinion, collision statistics and trends, Durham Vision Zero identified commercial vehicles as one of the eight primary emphasis areas to be targeted in effort to attain their goal of reducing fatal and injury collisions over a five-year period,” it reads.

“DRPS will continue to support Durham Vision Zero by way of several enforcement and public education strategies.”

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