Toronto police launched “Operation Safe Commute” Monday, a one-week zero tolerance enforcement blitz aggressive driving and illegal parking, among other things.
The blitz is targeting the west part of downtown Toronto, on major commuter routes like King, Queen, College and Bloor streets, between Lansdowne and Spadina avenues.
Police said 1.2 million vehicles commute in and out of Toronto each day, and that high traffic volumes contribute to reduced road safety as well as increased driver frustration, commute times, and congestion.
They said commuter frustration often results in aggressive driving, traffic signal violations, illegal parking and traffic gridlock.
Police and parking enforcement officers will focus on aggressive driving offences, prohibited turns and gridlock offences as well as ‘no stopping,’ ‘no standing’ and ‘no parking’ restrictions.
The enforcement campaign will also be targeting pedestrians and cyclists who break the rules.
Police said the fine for jaywalking is at least $50. A driver or cyclist who is caught running a red light could face a $390 ticket, while anyone parked illegally could receive a $30 fine. Moreover, a vehicle parked in what’s deemed a rush-hour route will be towed away.
What is your biggest pet peeve with downtown drivers? (for me, it’s not signalling lane changes/turns…I mean, how lazy do you have to be?…)