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Tory wants stricter rush-hour traffic enforcement to combat congestion

Mayor-elect John Tory speaks with the media in Toronto on Nov. 13, 2014. CITYNEWS

Mayor-elect John Tory said he wants police to write more tickets for traffic offences during rush hour as a way to combat Toronto’s crippling congestion.

Tory made the remarks after meeting with his transition team on Wednesday to discuss ways to deal with traffic woes.

Tory and his transition team say law enforcement is a key first step to battling gridlock.

“When people are telling me, as they did loud and clear during the election campaign, that traffic is a crisis situation for them and for their families and for their businesses, I hope we can get the maximum possible cooperation from the police service in enforcing the law,” he said.

Tory said he wants police to start writing more tickets so drivers get the message.

“One of the single most important aspects of getting traffic moving is have law enforcement so people know there are consequences to just parking your car or your truck in the middle of a lane of traffic in rush hour.”

Tory said ticket revenue for the city is down this year from last, suggesting to him that perhaps police and bylaw officers are writing fewer tickets.

“The number of provincial offence tickets issued, not just for traffic but for a number of things, is significantly down. But it also is indicative of the fact that there are fewer tickets being written today for people who are breaking the law than might have been the case previously.”

Tory ran on a platform that promised to tackle traffic congestion and says it will be a top priority as soon as he takes office.

“That’s what I believe I was elected to do and it’s what I intend to do to the best of my ability,” he said.

Next week, Tory’s transition team will meet to discuss transit. He is also pushing for meetings with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss his SmartTrack plan the next month.