The ROAD WATCH program originated in Caledon, Ontario in 1995.
Its mission is to improve road safety and reduce aggressive/unsafe driving in Halton Region by educating and encouraging members of the community to take responsibility for their attitudes and behaviour behind the wheel.
ROAD WATCH is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the Halton Regional Police Service and the Region of Halton Traffic Departments.
How ROAD WATCH Works:
Community members are asked to complete a Citizen Report Form when they observe a fellow motorist exercising unsafe driving behaviour. Such behaviours include (but are not limited to):
- Excessive speed
- Driving in the middle of the road
- Weaving from side to side
- Failing to signal turns
- Unsafe lane changes
- Following too closely
- Failing to obey stop signs, traffic signals and/or pedestrian crosswalks
- Failing to yield right-of-way
- Passing a school bus while its lights are flashing
Completed forms are signed and submitted to the Halton Regional Police Service via mail, fax (905-825-1205) or in person at your nearest Police Station.
Data contained on the forms is held in the strictest of confidence by the Halton Regional Police Service and all submissions are evaluated by an HRPS officer for accuracy.
A member of the Halton Regional Police Service identifies the offending vehicle and a letter detailing the alleged infraction and encouraging safer driving is sent to the registered owner. These letters are typed and processed by sworn ROAD WATCH volunteers.
Click here to view a sample ROAD WATCH letter.
Note: The reporting citizen's name does not appear in the letter.
If the registered owner was not driving their vehicle, it is their responsibility to speak with the person who was.
If the vehicle owner wishes, they can contact the Halton Regional Police Service to discuss the incident.
All information pertaining to ROAD WATCH is retained in a database and follow-up letters will be written and/or contact made by the HRPS, if warranted.
For more information, visit www.haltonroadwatch.ca.