In response to community concerns, Peterborough Police Service launched a summer traffic campaign called "Safe Under 7" for June, July and August targeting speeding in residential neighbourhoods, and the early results are in.
“The number one complaint we hear on a daily basis is about speeding in residential areas,” says Traffic Sergeant Peter Sejrup. “We have heard those complaints and are embarking on an aggressive traffic enforcement campaign that will slow down drivers and save lives,” Sejrup adds.
During June, the first month of the project, a total of 496 speeding tickets were issued—nearly double the number of tickets laid during the month of May Sergeant Sejrup says.
Traffic Sergeant Peter Sejrup
"The response to the campaign so far has been resoundingly positive—we appreciate the support of the community in attempting to keep their neighbourhoods safe places to live and play," Sergeant Sejrup says.
The campaign takes a zero tolerance approach to motorists driving in excess of 7 km/h over the posted speed limit in residential neighbourhoods.
“This number is not arbitrary—driving just 7 km/h above the posted speed limit in residential neighbourhoods can have catastrophic results,” adds Sgt. Sejrup.
Residents who wish to report traffic concerns in their neighbourhood are asked to call the Peterborough Police Service Traffic Unit at 705-876-1122 ext. 289.