The Traffic Unit provides general and specific support in traffic policy direction for this Service. This is accomplished through ongoing activities including:
- Analysis of the traffic activity in the City of Peterborough, Village of Lakefield and the Township of Cavan Monaghan;
- Consultation with members of the community and related agencies;
- Education and training for all members involved in traffic management.
- Identifying goals, objectives and strategies for the Traffic Unit.
- Accident Reconstruction: The Traffic Unit provides an expert level of investigation into a wide range of major traffic incidents and is a technical/information source for all areas of the Service.
- Breath Analysis Technicians provide technical expertise and information in all areas related to impaired driving.
- Selective Traffic Enforcement
The Traffic Unit corresponds with Driver Review and Control and the Ministry of Transportation to request they review drivers licences of those believed to be incompetent to drive.
The ultimate goal of traffic law enforcement is to achieve voluntary compliance by all persons using the highways, so as to reduce collision rates. Enforcement is not based on quotas, but is based on identified needs and resulting from information including:
- High collision locations
- Public complaints and requests
- An officer’s assessment of need
In 2015 the five member Traffic Unit continued to concentrate on reducing the collision rates as well as reducing the number of persons injured due to collisions. This was done through goal setting, public education and enforcement.
The Unit participated in several traffic specific details in an attempt to make our roads safer including following successful programs and details held in previous years. One of these successful programs included the Top Ten Intersection detail, focusing on enforcement at the intersections in Peterborough with the highest collision rates. Scheduled traffic enforcement details were increased slightly as well as traffic officers initiated their own details in problem areas.
Traffic officers were assigned to work with one of the 6 patrol areas with the purpose of helping area officers in identifying areas of concern that would further increase road safety.
In 2015 the Traffic Unit issued 2,926 Provincial Offence Notices (PON’s), a decrease of 32.6% from the 4,342 issued in 2014. The Unit operated with one less traffic officer for the entire year and the number of PON’s was down due largely to retirements but also the requirement for traffic officers to supplement other units within the police service.
Traffic officers attending non-traffic related calls increased by 186 calls over 2014, indicating that unfortunately traffic officers spent less time on traffic related matters.