NIAGARA – Niagara Regional Police officers handed out more than 150 tickets to drivers during a safety blitz target school zones on the first day of classes.
Known as “All Hands on Deck,” the enforcement initiative saw some 110 officers – including Niagara’s chief of police, patrolling school zones in all 12 Niagara municipalities on Tuesday from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.
Officers stopped more than 260 vehicles.
Of those stopped, 138 drivers were issued speeding tickets, three were issued tickets for distracted driving, 12 for seatbelt/child-seat violations and 14 for other Highway Traffic Act infractions.
Thirty-two drivers received warnings.
The highest speed reported in the region, according to police, was in St. Catharines where a driver was clocked at 91 km-h in a 50 km-h an zone.
In Fort Erie, a driver was caught doubling the posted speed of 40 km-h, police say.
This is the 13th year for the All Hanks on Deck back-to-school campaign.
Officers will continue enforcement efforts in school zones throughout the school year, police say.
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