Lead-footed drivers are paying a price for speeding in Barrie

Collisions are down in first quarter of 2021 over last year

Barrie police credit community engagement for helping them identify traffic-related hot spots that require enforcement.

On Wednesday, police tweeted a message to show they have been listening.

“We often receive numerous messages from citizens over social media platforms directing our attention to areas where they feel traffic enforcement is needed,” said Staff Sgt. Angie Butler.

“We want the community to know we’re listening.”

The Barrie Police Service Traffic Unit (BPSTU) also responds to concerns from city councillors who identify traffic issues in their wards, and they review data provided to them through the Collision Reporting Centre at their headquarters.

“We’re provided data of the top areas for collisions and top areas for injuries, which allows us to provide direct deployment to those particular areas,” explained Butler.

She said the community and police working together in the area of traffic enforcement is paying off.

“In the first quarter of this year alone, collisions are down 25 per cent versus this time last year in 2020. A lot of that is due to the proactive work the officers are doing,” said Butler. “Getting out there and being seen helps. They’re tackling those hot spots where the community wants us to be.”

The BPSTU has nine full traffic officers, and at the platoon level, there are four platoons of officers and each do their own traffic enforcement.

Banner picture – Twitter – Barrie Police