In an effort to relieve congestion downtown, Toronto police say they will be targeting drivers who:
- block intersections,
- park illegally,
- use hand-held devices; and
- disobey traffic signs this week
Police, along with parking and bylaw enforcement officers, will be conducting Operation Congestion Relief from Wednesday at 3 p.m. until Friday at 7 p.m.
Sgt. Brian Maslowski said the operation will primarily focus on the University Ave. corridor from the Gardiner Expressway to King St., but may also include roads from the Gardiner Expressway to Bloor St., and from Spadina Ave. to Bay St.
Update: This notice was posted by Toronto Police at 10:53 a.m.:
Feeling congested on your drive home? Operation Congestion Relief, Wednesday, April 11, 2012 − Friday, April 13, 2012
Members of 52 Division, in partnership with Parking and By−Law Enforcement Officers, will be conducting Operation Congestion Relief from Wednesday, April 11, 2012 to Friday, April 13, 2012. Officers will be paying special attention to motorists who block intersections, illegally park and disobey signs. Additionally, motorists who are distracted by their use of handheld communication devices will be stopped by officers.
The 52 Division Traffic Response Unit is requesting the assistance of pedestrians and motorists, especially during rush hours by obeying the rules of the road. As a reminder, drivers are prohibited from entering an intersection at a green light if there is no room for them
to clear the intersection. If drivers follow this rule of the road, gridlock can be prevented.
The program will begin on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 3 p.m., at the corner of Front Street West/University Avenue.