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May. 27, 2018 | Sunday
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Nearly 100 drivers stopped for Operation Rural Roadway Awareness
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Traffic enforcement stopped close to 100 drivers on Niagara’s country roads between May 4 and 5 as part of a traffic safety initiative called Operation Rural Roadway Awareness.

Niagara Regional Police said in a media release Saturday that the operation’s aim was education and speed reduction.

“With the change in weather and the increase of vulnerable roadway users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, the goal of the operation was to educate motorists and reduce the speeds of motor vehicles along our rural roadways.”

Police doled out 43 tickets and seven warnings over two days.

Among the worst offenders was a driver arrested for “stunt driving” after exceeding the speed limit by 60 km/h. His or her vehicle was held for seven days, said police.

Another passed police while speeding by over 35 km/h and didn’t pull to the left to give cyclists space.

Police used an automated licence plate reader in Fort Erie to help police stop and charge four unlicenced drivers, one of whom had a suspended licence and exceeded the speed limit by over 40 km/h.

Traffic enforcement also joined uniform patrol on 10 calls during the initiative.

The NRP said it is committed to keeping Niagara roads safe and reminded drivers to “share the road” and “think and drive.”

For more information about NRP traffic safety initiatives, follow @NRPSRoadSafety on Twitter.