Reformed Barrie Police Traffic Unit back on the road

The traffic unit was shifted to platoons to assist in the battle against COVID-19

Mind your road manners.

The Barrie Police Traffic Unit (BPTU) has reformed after assisting with the battle against COVID-19.

Not that police haven’t been keeping an eye open for traffic infractions while on the road, but the (BPTU) was reassigned to platoons to aid the police service during the height of the pandemic.

Last week, the unit reunited and drivers who were not following the rules of the road paid the price.

157 charges were laid including 98 for speeding, 10 that were muffler-related and nine for unnecessary noise. As well, two suspended drivers were caught and 22 charges were laid for offences related to documents such as not having insurance or the proper ownership.

Spokesman Peter Leon said the traffic unit is responding to situations and community concerns that have been brought to their attention.

In another sign of a pivot by police in the wake of COVID=19, Leon said the Barrie Police Marine Unit will be a regular presence on the water again beginning this week.