The Traffic Bureau is comprised of 52 sworn members and three civilians in four areas - the Traffic Enforcement Unit, Road Safety Programs, the Collision Reconstruction Unit and Commercial and Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Unit.
The Traffic Bureau continues to develop in response to community concerns with regards to road safety. In 2011 the Bureau initiated the Traffic Management Strategy with a focus on impaired driving, pedestrian safety, distracted driving and continued commercial motor vehicle safety. In November, in keeping with our new strategy, an initiative entitled "Pedestrians and Motorists, Let's Work on Our Relationship" was launched in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York. The initiative focuses on education for pedestrians and motorists with the goal of increasing pedestrian safety.
Although the R.I.D.E. program is year round, the bureau initiated the annual Festive Season Enhanced R.I.D.E. program at the St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic High School in Aurora in November. Attended by hundreds of OSAID (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving) students, trustees, local dignitaries and police officers, the event honoured Jessica Seymour, a living victim of impaired driving, and underscored the cost of impaired driving on our roadways.
In addition, the bureau partnered with stakeholders such as the Ministry of Transportation, Region of York and Public Health to offer four child seat installation clinics throughout the region in 2011.
York Regional Police issued 211 tickets during a three-day initiative that targeted motorists using their cell phones while driving in Operation Stay Focused. The campaign began on February 1, 2011, the one year anniversary of new legislation prohibiting the use of all hand-held communication devices while operating a motor vehicle.
Please click on Traffic Programs for more information on each of our programs.