Cobourg Police lay 26 charges for speeding on the first day of school

Today, schools were back in session, and members of the Cobourg Police Service (CPS) were in the community conducting speed enforcement in school and community safety zones in the Town of Cobourg.

Committed to keeping community roadways safe for drivers and pedestrians, members of the CPS continue to develop the Selective Traffic Enforcement Project (STEP), which includes enhanced traffic patrols focusing on different areas of enforcement and education each month. CPS September STEP focuses on a safe return to school with a speed enforcement initiative called the “Back to School – In the Zone.”

On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Cobourg Police conducted morning and afternoon enforcement. A total of 26 traffic stops resulted in 26 charges for speeding, contrary to section 128 Highway Traffic Act(Community Safety Zone and School Zones).

Today, the highest speed observed by officers was 79 km/h in a posted 40 km/h Community Safety Zone, resulting in a Schedule II Fine (Fine Doubled), which is $583.00 with 4 Demerit Points. Today’s lowest speed was 59 km/h in a posted 40 km/h School Zone, resulting in a fine of $62.50 with 3 Demerit Points.

Officers stopped a variety of motor vehicles, including cars, pickup trucks, a delivery truck, and a school bus.

“We are committed to ensuring the roadways in our community are safe for everyone. Last week, we were out educating and engaging with the community, reminding drivers of the specific rules in school zones as we geared up for a safe return to school this week,” says Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service. “We urge everyone to slow down and be alert. More important than just avoiding a ticket, slowing down will help reduce the chance of causing a collision that could seriously injure someone. We need everyone’s help to ensure a safe return to school. The first day illustrated clearly that we all have room to improve!”

Drivers are reminded to slow down and be observant around schools, crossing guard locations, local parks, and whenever they see a school bus. Community Safety Zones surround most of the area schools as well as parks and, as such, all Provincial Offence Notice fines are Schedule II. This means, when caught breaking the rules of the road, the monetary fine is doubled.

Cobourg Police will continue to be out during peak hours, enforcing speed violations with a zero tolerance approach in Community Safety Zones. Let’s work together to ensure a safe return to school for everyone. Please slow down, be patient, and be aware of increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

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