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Halton taxis may appear closer to cops

Was that a taxi or a police car?

That’s what motorists in parts of Halton Region have been asking for the past year.

Halton police say that they’ve been putting taxi-style lights atop some of their unmarked cars to nab speeders and aggressive drivers in Milton and Halton Hills.

But Insp. Bill Ford said the program, although highly successful, was scuttled three weeks ago because some folks thought it gave police an unfair advantage to catch people breaking the law.

“Our goal here in Halton Region is to reduce the number of deaths caused by aggressive driving and motor vehicle accidents,” Ford said. “But we’re not about catching people committing traffic offences at any cost.”

Ford said there was just a single complaint from the public about the trial project, which was suggested by traffic officers who thought the lights would help police vehicles blend in more than unmarked cars alone.

He said part of the strategy was that motorists might start slowing down any time they saw a taxi, thinking it might just be a cop car.

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