Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have announced that, starting today, it will use a new plane to enforce traffic laws on the province’s 400-series highways.
The new program, including staffing and start-up costs, is set at $1.4 million; the OPP last used planes to enforce traffic laws from 1965 to 1981.
The plane, a Cessna 206, can view hundreds of vehicles simultaneously; new lines painted every 500 metres on major highways will let observers clock a vehicle’s speed and direct cruisers on the ground to stop the vehicle. Under Ontario laws, drivers caught exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more will lose their licenses for seven days and the car will be impounded on the spot.
“The plane will also help us monitor commercial vehicle drivers to make sure they’re not passing unsafely, following too close, or driving carelessly,” said OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino. “Everyone must obey the law.”