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Police on the hunt for aggressive drivers

Hundreds of tailgaters, red-light-runners, speeders and other types of aggressive drivers were caught in the act during a one-day safety blitz in Surrey.

The local traffic enforcement was beefed up by the addition of officers from the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver Integrated Road Safety Units.

More than 40 officers spent the day concentrating on areas identified as high crash locations looking for aggressive drivers, drivers without seatbelts and impaired motorists.

“They’re creating chaos for other drivers,” said Const. Dave Babineau, spokesman for RCMP traffic services.

Excessive speed, failing to yield, unsafe passing, running red lights or stop signs were factors in 45 per cent of all fatal crashes in British Columbia in 2005.

Babineau said there will be other one-day crackdowns in other municipalities in the near future.

Most will not be announced in advance.

“If they (aggressive drivers) don’t know when we’re going out and where we’re going, they’re more likely to behave,” Babineau said.

At press time, the number of tickets issued during the Surrey blitz had not been released.

However, a previous exercise in flood-the-zone safety policing in Burnaby week earlier netted 261 tickets, including 89 speeding violations, 66 intersection offences and 23 tickets for failing to wear a seat-belt.

Surrey, a larger municipality with higher traffic volumes, was expected to generate more citations.

In B.C. on average, one person dies every day in a traffic accident.

dferguson@surreyleader.com

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