Do something about aggressive driving! REPORT IT!
Has a bad driver ever cut you off?
Have you ever seen someone drive past a school bus with its signals flashing?
Have you ever seen someone driving too fast or aggressively in your neighborhood?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then ROAD WATCH is a program that may make a difference!
During 1995, in Caledon, Ontario, eight young people lost their lives in a senseless crash on Mother's Day. A few months later six more lives were lost devastating the Caledon community.
With the co-operation of police, local schools and citizens, a video was made to commemorate these lives and the negligent way in which they died. As a result, in 1995, ROAD WATCH was conceived. For the first time citizens, supported by the local police, could report, in a non-threatening manner, any driver who displayed aggressive, risk-taking behavior. This program is now operating in Clarington and all other communities across the Durham Region. When you experience aggressive drivers, risk-takers or anyone breaking the law, you, the local citizen, can report the offense on a Citizen Report Form.
ROAD WATCH is aimed at making drivers more aware of their actions. The program is coordinated by dedicated volunteers and is operated in partnership with the Durham Regional Police Service, members of Council and Municipal staff. With your help, we are striving to make your community and City streets safer. This successful program empowers citizens to become part of the solution to address traffic safety.
How does ROAD WATCH work?
When you observe a vehicle being operated in an unsafe or aggressive manner, make a note of the license plate and as much information as you can about the particular driving situation that you witnessed. If you are able to correctly write down the license plate of the vehicle, submit it along with any other pertinent information (colour, vehicle type, location, etc.) on a ROAD WATCH Citizen Report Form. Citizen Report Forms can be obtained from our website or at any of the ROAD WATCH drop boxes that are located in various areas of the Municipality.
Citizen Report Form
• Download Citizen Report Form (PDF file)
Vehicle owners who are reported will receive a letter from the police describing the nature of the offence. Owners are encouraged to contact the police to discuss the incident.
If a vehicle owner receives more than one letter, the local Durham regional Community Police Office will make personal contact with the owner.
Citizen Report Forms should be completed with as much detail as possible and must be signed.
This helps safeguard the system from abuse. Be assured that any personal information such as your name is for internal use only and is held in strictest confidence.
Volunteers take turns collecting these signed forms on a consistent, scheduled basis which are then delivered to the local police. Other volunteers process the forms and send letters to warn the owners of these vehicles about the reported incident. The data is kept on file to be matched with any prior reports so that they can be followed up by a phone call or even a visit by a police officer. More members are required, please contact us at email@example.com
How fast are they really going?
The Municipality can help by lending residents a radar gun or a radar gun with an electronic display board. These units are available free of charge to help you verify and report actual operating speeds. Contact Engineering Services to borrow these units.
Drop Box Locations
Mac’s Milk-Newcastle Village
Byam’s General Store-Tyrone
Coffee Time, Courtice-Hwy. 2 at Courtice Rd.
Country Style, Newcastle-Hwy. 115 at 3rd Concession
Enniskillen General Store-Enniskillen
M.C. Variety & Petro Canada-Mitchells Corners
Newcastle I.G.A.-131 King St. E, Newcastle
Newtonville Convenience Store-Newtonville
Durham Regional Police, Clarington Office, 1998 Reg. Rd. 57
Municipal Administrative Centre (Town Hall)-40 Temperance St. Bowmanville
Courtice Community Complex-Courtice
Van Hemmen Tires and Sales, Whitby
Ontario Power Generation
St. Mary’s Cement
Totten Sims Hubicki, Cobourg
Canadian Tire, Bowmanville
Municipality of Clarington
Durham Regional Police
Clarington Traffic Watch
On a seasonal part time basis Clarington also assigns a person to operate the radar message board in high complaint areas with proven speeding concerns. Those plate numbers are reported to Durham Regional Police as an enhancement to the ROAD WATCH Program.
For Further Information please contact:
Municipality of Clarington
40 Temperance St.
Phone: (905) 623-3379