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Police on lookout for broken headlights, heavy truck violations

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jun 04, 2014 - 4:39 PM |
Greater Sudbury Police will be on the lookout all month long for broken headlights, mufflers and other equipment violations. File photo.

Greater Sudbury Police will be on the lookout all month long for broken headlights, mufflers and other equipment violations. File photo.

Enforcement campaign in effect for the month of June

 Missing a headlight? Does your muffler sound like a jet airplane? Greater Sudbury Police will be on the lookout for your vehicle all month, as well as for heavy trucks driving on prohibited roads.

Sgt. Valerie Tiplady, of the traffic management unit, said police pick a different focus each month as part of its year-round High Visibility Program. With the construction season underway, Tiplady said there has been an increase in the number of complaints about heavy trucks travelling on prohibited city streets.


 “The companies know which streets they're allowed to drive on,” she said Wednesday.

While there's a $300 fine for violating the bylaw, Tiplady said the primary focus is to remind truckers to stick to the permitted routes. Area police will focus on: checking daily inspection logs, inspection stickers, Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registrations and ensuring the size of the load being transported is secure and safe.

Police will also be checking all vehicles for improper or damaged headlights, rear lights, mufflers, licence plates and helmet checks for motorcycles.

Sudbury police have been conducting the monthly enforcement campaigns since 2012, Tiplady said. In part, the campaigns are driven by seasonal considerations, as well as calls from the public.

For example, school bus safety is the focus each September, because that's when students are going back to school.

“But we get complaints about school buses – people driving through the flashing red lights when the stop sign arm is lowered – all the time,” she said.

Last month, the focus was on high-risk driving behaviours, and that was in part a result of complaints, she added.

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