It’s officially day three of the Toronto Police Road Safety Blitz and today’s agenda includes hunting distracted drivers … as they are perched inside TTC vehicles. .
During the week-long security blitz, officers search for motorists using their cell phones while driving.
Officers ride in the backs of streetcars and buses on Wednesday and when they see distracted drivers on the road, they call officers in patrol cars following in front of and behind the TTC vehicle to stop the drivers and issue them a ticket.
In a video shared on Twitter by Toronto Police Services, Seargent Brett Moore said drivers don’t trick anyone by having their phones next to their knees when driving or when stopped at traffic lights.
“The perspective of these vehicles allows us to see better inside the vehicles,” Moore said.
– TPS traffic services (@TrafficServices) January 16, 2019
As of 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, Toronto police had already issued their first distracted driving ticket.
“We just finished writing the first ticket when we saw this driver and passenger both on their cell phones. The passenger should be the navigator, not the driver, ”said Constable Giancarlo Marrelli.
We just finished writing the first ticket when we saw this driver and passenger both on their cell phones. The passenger should be the navigator, not the driver. #DoYouSEEWhatsHappening #PutDownThePhone @ CP24 @CityNews pic.twitter.com/SwWLU0pN1Y
– Giancarlo Marrelli (@YourTrafficCop) January 16, 2019
Effective January 1, those caught using a portable device, such as a cell phone, while driving will be fined up to $ 1,000.
Those captured will also receive a three-day license suspension and three demerit points.
The fines will double if there is a second conviction within five years, and they will triple if there is a third.