Traffic safety is a major priority for the Cornwall Police Service (CPS). Residents have a reasonable expectation to feel safe as they travel on the roadways and bike paths in our city.
Issues related to road safety have been recognized as extremely important in our community.
As part of the CPS' commitment to creating a safer Cornwall, a Traffic Safety Plan was developed in 2018 to assist in ensuring the safety of everyone on our roadways. This includes all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with our goal being to reduce the amount of injuries and collisions within our community. The Traffic Safety Plan includes both, educational and enforcement components, and will provide a foundation for safer roadways. In the plan, monthly traffic safety initiatives are carried out by the Traffic Unit, as well as Community Patrol Officers.
September Traffic Initiative
The Cornwall Police Service (CPS) is making back-to-school safety a priority as part of its monthly traffic initiative. Throughout September and continuing into the school year, officers will be on the lookout for motorists failing to stop for school buses and crossing guards. Police will also be monitoring school safety zones to deter speeding in these areas while children, cyclists, and pedestrians are present.
“One of the most common violations we see is drivers failing to stop for school buses, as well as speeding,” said Constable Patrick Depratto of the CPS Traffic Unit. “Officers will have a zero tolerance approach for these infractions. The safety of our students is a priority, and we need all drivers to slow down and pay extra attention to ensure these students make it safely to-and-from school.”
Motorists who fail to stop for a school bus with its upper red lights flashing could be subject to a fine of up to $2000 and six demerit points, while drivers found speeding through school safety zones are subject to a doubled fine.
The CPS would like to wish all students, teachers and parents a safe, healthy and successful academic year for those returning to class.