While drivers should always follow the speed limit and rules of the road, local motortists may want to take note of three hot spots as identified by Barrie police in a recent report.
City police have released where the top three high-risk areas for speeders are in Barrie.
In 2022, there were 3,492 tickets given out on Dunlop Street West, Mapleview Drive East and Big Bay Point Road. That is the total number of tickets/charges laid by the four uniform platoons and traffic unit during the whole of last year at those locations.
Barrie police communications co-ordinator Peter Leon broke that down a little further. The stats reflect 199 charges on Dunlop Street West (where Highway 90 turns into Dunlop), 143 charges on Mapleview Drive East (around the Bayview Drive area), and 18 charges on Big Bay Point Road (near Bayview Drive).
The report also notes that in the first five months of 2021 since opening the Harvie Road bridge over Highway 400, city police issued 225 tickets to lead-footed drivers.
“That Big Bay Point number seems low, but is deceiving as it is close to the big number that belongs to Harvie Road’s overpass,” said Leon. “That was a big number previously as well.”
While he said he understands people are in a hurry, Leon says there's no need for them to be speeding and putting themselves and others at risk.
“The best way to not get a ticket, or not to get injured or worse, is to give yourself plenty of time to get to where you want to go,” he said. “Cutting a few minutes of your arrival time is not worth the consequences.”
Those consequences could be even more detrimental if it’s determined that someone was stunt driving.
Leon reminded drivers travelling 40 km/h over the limit on a road posted under 80 km/h will result in stunt-driving charges, which can carry a 30-day licence suspension and a 14-day vehicle impoundment.