Niagara police carry out 'Operation Rural Roadway Awareness'

Niagara police stopped nearly 100 motorists during a two-day high visibility traffic enforcement initiative.

It was carried out Friday and Saturday in rural areas of Niagara Region.

Police say the goal was to educate motorists and reduce speeds on rural roads with the increase of pedestrians and cyclists.

One driver was stopped for doing more than twice the posted speed limit of 60 km/h and arrested for stunt driving  and the vehicle seized for seven days.

A second driver was stopped for doing more than 35 km/h over the legally allowable speed limit through a rural village, passing a police officer, and failing to move to the left for a line of cyclists.

The traffic enforcement team issued 43 provincial offence notices and seven warnings for numerous driving offences and licence, equipment and insurance violations.
 
The automated licence plate reader (ALPR) was also utilized in a local joint enforcement imitative within the Town of Fort Erie.  

A total of four unlicenced drivers were stopped and charged, with one of them driving at more than 40 km/h over the maximum allowable limit and was found to be a  suspended driver.