Hamilton Police Report Decline in Traffic Tickets on Labour Day Long Weekend Compared to Civic Holiday

Traffic Ticket Labour Day Report  In Hamilton Ontario

The Hamilton Police Department released a statement indicating that they saw a reduction in the number of tickets issued over the Labour Day long weekend compared to the Civic Holiday in August.

The number of speeding tickets issued during the Labour Day long weekend totalled at 251, a significant decrease from the 375 handed out over the Civic Holiday long weekend. This prompted the police service to publicly thank drivers in the Hamilton area via social media.

Numbers for overall traffic violations were also down. All in all, 298 tickets for offences such as distracted or dangerous driving or driving under the influence were issued over the September 1st long weekend, compared to the 425 issued early in the previous month.

These improvements come shortly after the introduction of a handful of new safe driving programs aimed at reducing speeding and aggressive as well as distracted driving. One of these programs, namely the Vision Zero program, is specifically geared towards minimizing pedestrian and cycling deaths.

In addition to the implementation of these new safe driving programs, the city council has recently made a number of changes to their traffic laws. The month of June saw the reduction of live traffic lanes on Aberdeen Avenue from four to two, where as in July, a maximum speed of 40 km/h was placed on minor and collector roadways in and around residential neighbourhoods.

These programs and changes are in response to the 700 complaints the City of Hamilton claims to receive annually regarding speeding and aggressive driving in residential roadways.