The back-to-school season is possibly the most stressful time for parents and students. It's also when the influx of cars and school buses on the city's streets become even more chaotic. The return-to-school weekend this year was so hectic that 1,754 Toronto driving tickets were handed out by police in a span of just three days. They were warned and paid the price.

From Tuesday, September 3 to Friday, September 6, Traffic Services were outside schools across Toronto in hope of educating and reminding drivers, parents, and communities about traffic safety, according to the Toronto Police news release.

Their campaign was about "no tolerance" for violations, but it also asked parents, community members, and drivers in general to change bad driving habits, according to their past press release. This is, of course, a time when traffic volumes are traditionally high.

During this time span, officers were able to catch drivers who were speeding, driving while distracted, driving aggressively, and those who had parked illegally in school areas across Toronto.

Toronto Police issued 873 tickets for sign offences alone, which include running stop signs and prohibited turns. They also handed out another 625 for speeding. "Especially (for) back-to-school, officers are focusing on vehicles that speed, even (at) lower level speeds," Sergeant Brett Moore told Narcity.

"Officers are going to be out looking for drivers that are passing school buses" in particular, Moore added.

 

The rest of the tickets handed out were for illegal parking and distracted driving. Parking enforcement focused on areas such as "no-standing or -stopping areas or school bus loading zones," according to Moore.

"Those signs are put in place, those areas are by-lawed to maintain safety but also keep sightlines open too," Moore told Narcity.

When it comes to stop signs and ignoring other signs in place, Moore said that typically the price to pay for a violation is $110.

"Typically, stop signs are what we are looking for — and, of course, school buses," said Moore. 

Many drivers were stopped during this campaign who were unable to make this commitment. "Speeding, being distracted, parking illegally and being in a rush often contribute to collisions, especially in busy areas with kids crossing roads," said the press release.

In the near future, you can expect to see automated speed enforcement cameras installed in certain school zones. If drivers are caught speeding, tickets will be mailed to those who failed to drive the limit, according to Moore.

Officers understand the struggle and how overwhelming this time can be for many people, but they urge drivers to practice better driving habits.


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