What We Do
In 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 Caledon citizens, supported by the local police, could report, in a non-threatening manner, any driver who displayed aggressive, risk-taking behaviour.
ROAD WATCH is a community based program that is utilized in many towns and cities in Ontario. It is aimed at making drivers more aware of their actions. The program is run by volunteers who live in our community and in conjunction with the Durham Regional Police Service. This program is enforced in Ajax and Pickering as well as other communities across 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. These Citizen report forms are available at the drop box locations or a printable version is available: PDF CITIZEN REPORT FORM or the ONLINE REPORT FORM. Try to identify as much information as possible (ie: license plate number, vehicle colour, where the incident occurred and what you witnessed). A member of the Durham Regional Police Service identifies the offending vehicle and a letter detailing the alleged infraction is sent to the registered owner, It is important that the form be signed to safeguard the system from abuse, your personal information is held in the strictest of confidence by Durham Regional Police. If a driver is reported more than once, the police will contact that individual regarding the reports. Subsequent offences may result in enforcement action by the police depending on the severity of the incident.
The purpose of ROAD WATCH is to eliminate senseless car crashes, road rage and a plain disregard for the rules of the road. We all should participate in making our communities safe and crash free.