Toronto

1 week, 7,000 tickets for impeding public transit

A week-long safety blitz by Toronto police resulted in drivers being handed more than 7,000 tickets for impeding transit vehicles.

150 tickets for passing streetcars

A week-long safety blitz by Toronto police resulted in drivers being handed more than 7,000 tickets for impeding transit vehicles.

Toronto police Const. Wendy Drummond said the blitz was launched in an attempt to cut down the number of  fatalities on city streets.

Police wrote more than 3,300 tickets for provincial infractions.

About half of those tickets were for illegally using high occupancy lanes or making illegal turns — but 150 tickets were handed out to drivers who passed streetcars while the doors were open.

"We unfortunately do have a number of traffic fatalities as a result of people failing to stop behind open doors of a streetcar," said Drummond when the blitz was launched on Aug. 8. 

A further 4,000 tickets were issued for municipal parking offences related to blocking TTC routes.

As of Aug. 19, Toronto has recorded 20 traffic fatalities in 2011.

 

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