NIAGARA, ON, April 23 /CNW/ - Yesterday, officers from the OPP Highway
Safety Division (HSD) Niagara Detachment, Burlington Detachment and
Traffic Support Unit were successful in their highly visible traffic
safety initiative, "Safety Without Borders".
This one-day enforcement initiative, on April 22nd, 2011, involved Sûreté du Québec, New York State Police (NYSP), the
Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), Niagara Regional Police
Service (NRPS) and the OPP. The local portion of the initiative was
signified by the symbolic handshake on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara
Falls between NYSP Commander, Captain Craig Hanesworth and OPP
Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Bill Grodzinski.
OPP officers concentrated their efforts in the Niagara Region on the
QEW, Highway 405, 406, and Highway 3. As a result, officers issued in
excess of 260 charges that included Impaired Driving, Speeding,
Seatbelt Violations, Failing to Move to the Left for Emergency
Vehicles, Drug charges under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act,
Stunt Driving, and Distracted Driving. Seven commercial vehicles were
declared out of service.
In New York State, Troopers checked 250 vehicles, laid 90 speeding
tickets, issued 23 fines for Failing to Move to the Left for Emergency
Vehicles and 45 other fines.
The "Safety Without Borders" initiative in the east end of the province involved officers from Ontario, Quebec
and New York State. They too had a productive day. In the province of
Quebec, officers checked more than 300 vehicles, issuing in excess of
115 speeding fines and 50 other traffic violations. Officers seized 3
radar detectors and charged one person for a drinking and driving
Although traffic volume was very high on these roads leading to the
borders due to the holiday, no serious collisions occurred.
Chief Grodzinski anticipates further partnerships with these agencies as
these patrol initiatives are an integral part of ensuring that all
motorists arrive safely to their destinations.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Provincial Constable Graham Williamson #10939
Highway Safety Division