Dozens of police officers swept the streets clean of unsafe commercial vehicles as part of the two-day Project Spring Cleanup.The third annual joint law-enforcement-services operation saw over half the commercial vehicles pulled over and inspected at Woodbine Racetrack taken out of service by officers.
The focus of the blitz was to ensure pickups, cube vans and tractor-trailers are operated safely and have proper documentation.“Keeping vehicles safe on the roads saves people’s lives and prevents horrific injuries from occurring,” 23 Division Supt. Ron Taverner said, of the reasons behind the Rexdale-area enforcement blitz.
“There are also savings in property damage and insurance rates in keeping these vehicles safe.”Police officers from the OPP, Peel, Halton, York, and Guelph, as well as enforcement officers from the Ministry of Transportation, Revenue and Environment participated in inspecting the vehicles.Vehicle inspection numbers:
Total Vehicles checked – 358
Highway Traffic Act/Commercial Motor Vehicle Charges – 247
Vehicles taken out of service – 172
Transporting Dangerous Good charges – 4 (Improper training, insecure loads)
Contraband cigarettes charge – 1
Arrests – 4
(Marijuana possession – 2, Obstruct police – 1, Fail to Comply with Bail Conditions – 1)