Traffic Initiative Results

Posted on Monday June 11, 2018

From February 12th to May 29th of this year officers with the Traffic Services Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service engaged in a traffic enforcement initiative that was designed to increase road safety and reduce collisions in Sault Ste. Marie.


The initiative began as a result of complaints from the public that were received regarding road safety.  Intersection safety was the primary focus of this initiative; however officers also addressed offences and safety concerns such as speeding, distracted driving, seatbelt enforcement and suspended drivers.


Statistics have shown that the majority of collisions in Sault Ste. Marie happen between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Because of this three additional officers were seconded to the Traffic Services Unit to address traffic concerns during those hours.  While on shift, officers utilized specialized equipment and training that was designed to have a direct impact on road safety in Sault Ste. Marie.


Officers were trained in areas such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), intoxilyzer training and commercial motor vehicle enforcement.  Officers utilized equipment such as the Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR), speed measuring devices and electronic ticket writers to aid them in this initiative.


As a result of this initiative, between February 12th and May 29th officers issued a total of 1,859 charges and warnings and towed 49 vehicles from the roadway.  Specifically officers issued the following;


  • 94 charges for Distracted Driving,
  • 173 charges for speeding,
  • 75 charges relating to seatbelts,
  • 215 charges relating to intersections (i.e. fail to stop for stop signs or red lights),
  • 279 charges relating to permits and validation stickers,
  • 180 charges relating to commercial motor vehicles,
  • 94 charges for suspended drivers,
  • 67 criminal code charges,
  • 69 charges that require a Provincial Court Appearance such as Operating a Motor Vehicle without insurance or operating an unsafe motor vehicle,
  • 391 warnings or 72 hour notice to repair equipment/produce proper paperwork; and,
  • 222 charges for other Highway Traffic Act offences related to equipment or rules of the road.


The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is committed to ensuring that everyone in our city can enjoy the roadways safety.  We look forward to our continued partnership with the community to engage in further initiatives that will increase the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

Contact information:
Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, 580 Second Line East, Sault Ste. Marie ON P6B 4K1. (705) 949-6300 or

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