A CTV News investigation has discovered that 61 Toronto police vehicles were caught blasting through red lights in the City of Toronto over the last 18 months.
They were on their way to an emergency, right? Wrong.
The investigation HERE grabbed information through a Freedom of Information request for records covering 2014 and the first half of this year.
Some cruisers entered a red intersection well after the light had changed against them. In some cases, the violation occurred 30 seconds after the light had changed!
If there is no valid reason why the officer decided to go through the red, the police force must eat the $325 ticket. The guilty cops are then docked six hours of pay. If this happens more than twice to one officer, the cop in question experiences a professional standards hearing.
Toronto Police Constable Clint Stibbe, when asked for comment by CTV News, said that “everyone makes mistakes”, but “officers do have to follow the rules of the road” like everybody else.
Is this an example of police officers taking advantage of their status and ignoring the rules? If this is happening at intersections with red light cameras, is it fair to say that it’s happening at other intersections that do not host cameras? Should the ticket fines be DOUBLED for a police officer?