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Selective Traffic Enforcement Initiative (STEPWarning - this news article expired on 2013-05-30. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Selective Traffic Enforcement Initiative (STEP)

Belleville, Ontario: Belleville Police Service's ongoing commitment to road safety in our community continues with the theme of driver and passenger safety for the month of May.

This month's initiative is "INSECURE and OVERSIZE LOADS. Officers will be keeping an eye out for vehicles and trailers carrying insecure or oversized loads.

The highway traffic act states under section 111 that;

(1) Every vehicle carrying a load which overhangs the rear of the vehicle to the extent of 1.5 metres or more while on a highway shall display upon the overhanging load at the extreme rear end thereof at any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise, or at any other time when there is insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, a red light, and at all other times a red flag or a red marker sufficient to indicate the projection of the load.

(2) No person shall operate or permit to be operated upon a highway a motor vehicle that carries a load or draws a vehicle that carries a load unless the load is loaded, bound, secured, contained or covered so that no portion of the load may become dislodged or fall, leak, spill or blow from the vehicle.

Fines are $130.00 plus a $30 victim surcharge for a total of $160.00 fine.

If you have any questions please contact A/Sergeant Rene Aubertin at 966-0882, Ext. 2266.