Traffic Safety Unit
The five officers of the Traffic Safety Unit work to keep CBRM roadways safe, with a focus on both prevention and enforcement. They educate the public and enforce laws under the Motor Vehicle Act, Motor Vehicle Inspection Regulstions, Off-Highway Vehicle Act, and the Criminal Code of Canada. These officers are also called upon to investigate motor vehicle collisions involving serious injury or death and coordinate traffic control for parades and other community events.
Traffic Safety Officers are trained as Breathalizyer Technicians, Data Master Technicians, Drug Recognition Experts, Radar Operators and Collision Analysts. They can be seen patrolling in marked and unmarked police vehicles and motorcycles, all equipped with radar units and the tools necessary to carry out duties and investigations. Officers also use ATVs and dual purpose motorcycles as needed.
Partnerships are key to maintaining safe roadways; the Traffic Safety Unit carries out its duties in conjunction with the Cape Breton Central Nova Railway, CBRM Engineering and Public Works, the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation, Nova Scotia Vehicle Compliance Officers and RCMP Traffic Services.