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150 tickets issued in crackdown at Greater Victoria's most dangerous intersections

Nov 18 2011

Traffic cops cracking down on illegal driving at the region's five most dangerous intersections have handed out 150 tickets in the past two weeks.

The region's integrated road safety unit has been out in force since Nov. 1, using both plainclothes and uniformed officers to nab unsafe drivers.

Unit spokesman Const. Robert Figueiredo said 40 per cent of tickets handed out went to drivers who drove through red or yellow lights or ignored other signs at intersections.

Motorists using cellphones or handheld devices and people not wearing seatbelts each accounted for 15 to 20 per cent of tickets handed out.

Police also pulled over speeders, uninsured drivers and novice drivers who failed to display an N sticker.

The five intersections, which have collectively had almost 1,000 collisions involving injuries in the past two years, are:

- Admirals Road and McKenzie Avenue at the Trans-Canada Highway in Saanich;

- Pat Bay Highway at Sayward Road in Saanich;

- Hillside Avenue at Shelbourne Street in Victoria;

- Douglas Street at Finlayson Street in Victoria, and

- Douglas Street at Gorge Road East and Hillside Avenue in Victoria.

The unit will continue its campaign for the rest of the year.

Figueiredo said crashes spike in the winter, when it gets dark earlier and roads are slippery.

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