Initiatives / Programs
Traffic Services conducts a number of
programs throughout the year, inclusive to those listed
below. Statistics related to these initiatives may be found
in the Niagara Regional Police Service's Annual Report, which is
available in the Reports and
Publications section of our Web site.
Impaired Drivers Everywhere)
The R.I.D.E. program is an important part of
reducing offences involving drinking and driving. To achieve
this goal, Traffic Services sets up checkpoints, and stops
vehicles to determine whether drivers may be impaired.
Tested at the roadside, drivers who have been drinking may be
issued with 12-hour licence suspensions or arrested for drinking
and driving related offences.
R.I.D.E. program has proven very successful at deterring
and apprehending impaired drivers, as well as continuing
to provide public awareness surrounding the issues
concerning drinking and driving. Operating from
provincial grant money as well as on-duty personnel, the
program operates year round with specific focus placed on
high occurrence periods such as the December holiday time
frame. Although the majority of provincial R.I.D.E
funding is allocated during the peak December period, a
portion of the funding is set aside for target initiatives
and specific high profile events associated with
identified drinking and driving related
Operation Impact is a
provincially led initiative, which was expanded and modified to
suit the needs of the Niagara Region. Designed to target
both impaired and aggressive drivers, this campaign involves
vehicles being stopped across the province, with drivers who are
believed to be impaired required to provide immediate breath
Under the direction of Traffic
Services, the Niagara Regional Police Service
participates in numerous traffic safety initiatives that focus on
the issues surrounding aggressive driving. Aggressive
driving enforcement campaigns delivered by the Service include
rural enforcement, red light and stop sign programs, along with
targeting of impaired drivers.
Operation Roadworthy was launched in 2003 to address
the concern that members of the community were operating unsafe
motor vehicles and needlessly putting lives at risk.
Vehicles are stopped during this initiative are given a mechanical
examination, and may be declared unfit with drivers issued repair
orders to avoid a Highway Traffic Act charge.
Safety and Enforcement Day
The goal of this program is to encourage
voluntary compliance with traffic laws and raise driver awareness
as children return to school. The annual Traffic Safety and
Enforcement day involves all on duty officers being re-deployed to
traffic enforcement. Officers involved with this initiative are
deployed in school zones across the entire Niagara Region between
the hours of 7:30am and 4:00pm.