TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ENFORCEMENT

Members of the Smiths Falls Police Service are responsible for enforcing provincial and municipal traffic laws within the town limits. The Smiths Falls Police Service investigates all major traffic accidents and works in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation to conduct safety inspections on truck and passenger vehicles.

The goal of enforcement is to improve road safety for all and to assist officers in this role, our patrol cars are equipped with several features:

On board video camera system: The video and audio taped camera system are in stalled in all of our front line patrol cruisers. These systems assist officers gather evidence for a wide variety of offences, including aggressive and impaired driving.

Mobile Doppler Radar: These mobile radars are mounted on the front and rear of the patrol cars and enables officers to capture speeds while moving in traffic or in a stationary position. In fact, this versatile unit can record the speeds of vehicles approaching or traveling in the same direction of the patrol car from either ahead or behind.

Hand-held Radar and Laser devices: These mobile and hand-held devices allow officers to conduct stationary monitoring of speed, particularly in areas of concern, such as school zones, busy streets and quiet residential areas.

The Speed Laser from Laser Atlanta is an extremely fast and accurate speed measuring device.

The unit provides readings of target speed in 0.3 seconds at a range up to 7000 feet or 2,133 meters. The unit is also highly precise allowing for targeting of specific vehicles in heavy traffic.

Automatic Licence Plate Reader (ALPR):

In 2021, the Smiths Falls Police Service was pleased to announce the deployment of an Automated Licence Plate Reader (ALPR) system to enhance our public safety and crime prevention efforts. The ALPR system consists of a set of cameras mounted onto a police vehicle. These cameras are designed to scan and read vehicle licence plates when on patrol and compare them to a provincial database. If any irregularities are found the patrol officer is notified, and the officer will then investigate the irregularity. The system can identify vehicles with stolen, misused licence plates; vehicles associated to drivers disqualified under the Criminal Code or drivers suspended under the Highway Traffic Act; vehicles associated to persons wanted on a warrant; vehicles associated to persons involved in serious crimes, such as Human Trafficking; vehicles associated to missing persons and vehicles associated to Amber Alerts. The system has been installed on a marked police cruiser is deployed regularly to frontline patrol. Funding for the system as well as training in identifying and awareness of Human Trafficking was obtained through a successful application to the Provincial Civil Remedies Grant program. The Smiths Falls Police Service operates the ALPR in accordance with guidelines suggested by the Ontario Privacy Commissioner. The collection use and disclosure of any personal information obtained by the ALPR system is done in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Pictured above is the mobile ALPR on one of our fully marked cruisers.

Arrive Alive – Operation Lookout

Impaired driving is still a leading cause of deaths and it costs taxpayers billions of dollars annually. Arrive Alive – Operation Lookout is a campaign set up to encourage people to report impaired drivers. The Smiths Falls Police are a part of this great program and signs can be seen posted at each entrance into town.

Click here for more information on Arrive Alive – Operation Lookout.

CANADA ROAD SAFETY WEEK
May of each year marks Canada Road Safety Week, a national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. The Smiths Falls Police Service endorses and actively participates in this great initiative.