Hotline helps city police crack down on aggressive drivers
Posted By CHELSEY ROMAIN, THE DAILY PRESS
Posted 2 hours ago
Timmins police are looking for help from the public to deal with aggressive drivers on city streets.
Officers cannot be every where at once, and that is why the Timmins Police Service has introduced a new Aggressive Driving hotline.
By calling the number, those who witness aggressive driving can anonymously provide police with the necessary details to confront the motorist.
"Aggressive driving could be anything from speeding and disobeying stop signs and traffic lights, to following to close, making an unsafe turn or changing lanes in an unsafe manner," said Sgt. Bill Aird, of the services traffic unit.
"We're dedicated to educating aggressive drivers in the city."
Aird said since the hotline came into effect on May 14, the police have received 70 complaints. As a result of these tips, more than 30 letters have been sent to the registered drivers of the vehicles described.
But nearly as many did not have the information police need to react, Aird said.
In order to report an aggressive driver, police ask to have the full license plate number, the make and colour of the vehicle, the date and time it was observed and a brief summary of the offence.
"This gives the public the opportunity to advise us," said Police Chief Richard Laperriere. "It's an important tool as far as we're concerned."
To date this year, there have been 718 motor vehicle collisions in Timmins, many the result of speeding. In 2007, there were more than 1,300.
While Laperriere said the number of collisions are slowly going down, he is confident more can be done, by both police and residents.