Police are targeting motorists this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend who:
– drive while impaired (drinking or drugs)
– use their cellphones while driving
– who are not using their seatbelts while driving, or who don’t have their children (under 16 years of age) properly fastened in their seatbelts or appropriate child care seat or booster seat. A driver can be charged and face a fine totalling $240 ($200 set fine, $35 victim surcharge, $5 court costs) and two demerit points for seat belt infractions. Demerit points remain on a driving record for two years from the date of the offence. Police officers may request that passengers who appear to be at least 16 years of age provide their name, address and date of birth. Ontario’s seat belt laws, see section 106 and regulation 613 of the Highway Traffic Act.
– speeding, especially those travelling 50 km/h in excess of the posted speed limit
Toronto Police are taking part in a nationwide road safety blitz called Operation Impact, which will target impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers, as well as seatbelt infractions.
“The focus will be on behaviour that puts drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk,” Toronto Const. Tony Vella said in a release.
The road safety campaign starts Friday at 12 a.m. and runs until midnight Monday.
By the numbers:
- Penalty for not wearing a seatbelt is two demerit points and a fine of up to $240
- Up to 8% of the Ontario population — about 600,000 people — do not wear seatbelts.
- The fine for using a handheld device while driving is $155.
Last year’s Thanksgiving weekend blitzes across Canada resulted in:
- 4,544 seatbelt infractions
- 23,123 aggressive driving charges
- 609 criminal code offences related to drunk driving
- 41 drug impairment charges
What is Open and Closed on Thanksgiving Weekend
Here’s a list of what will be open and closed over the Thanksgiving weekend:
• Most malls will be open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday, but only a few open will be open on Monday.
The Eaton Centre will be open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pacific Mall will be open between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Mississauga Square One will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• LCBO and Beer Store locations will be closed on Monday.
• Most major grocery stores will also be closed on Monday.
• TTC subways, buses and streetcars will operate normally Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, TTC service will run on a Sunday schedule, starting at 6 a.m.
• GO Transit trains and buses will be operating as usual on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, GO service will run on a holiday schedule. The Toronto-Niagara Falls seasonal service will run for the last weekend this year between Friday and Monday.
• Post offices, Service Ontario locations, City of Toronto offices and public libraries will be closed on Monday for Thanksgiving.