The Cobourg Police Service (CPS) is committed to keeping our community roadways safe for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians through education and enforcement. The CPS has enhanced traffic patrols with the Selective Traffic Enforcement Project (STEP); the project focuses on a different topic each month.
As CPS continues to receive complaints from town citizens regarding high speeds and excessive noise made by drivers operating motor vehicle(s), motorcycle(s) and vehicle(s), the Selective Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.) for the month of August, is: Speed and Unnecessary Noise.
Some of the infractions related to Speed education and enforcement, are: Stunt Driving, Careless Driving, Follow Too Closely and Unsafe Lane Changes. Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Vehicles around the downtown area and waterfront operated by drivers continue to make and cause unnecessary noise by revving their engines and having improper or no mufflers.
Drivers operating a motor vehicle, a motorcycle, a vehicle that are investigated for any of the noted infractions may be charged under various statutes, such as the Town of Cobourg Noise By-Law, the Highway Traffic Act, the Environmental Protection Act, and the Criminal Code of Canada. Provincial fines start at $17.50 and go up to $10,000.00, have demerit points and up to 6 months in jail for some of the speed related offences, such as Stunt Driving.
CPS will continue to partner with external enforcement agencies such as the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment, Ontario Provincial Police (Northumberland Detachment) and Port Hope Police Service by conducting Joint Forces Traffic Safety Initiatives, conduct traffic stops and have inspection sites/lanes.
CPS would like to remind motorists to slow down, be patient and give space to other drivers on the roadways.