On October 1, the Niagara Regional Police Service began a six-month traffic campaign directed at obstructed and obscured licence plates. On September 5th, the Niagara Region launched its Automated Speed Enforcement program to coincide with the return to school for Niagara’s youth. The focus of the program is to improve road safety by reducing vehicular speeds and encouraging compliance with speed limits in community safety zones. The NRPS says the effectiveness of the program is dependent on road users having a clear, unobstructed license plate that can be photographed by the cameras. Phase one will continue until December 31, 2023. This phase will focus on the educational aspect of the initiative. Phase two will begin on January 1 and will continue until March 31, 2023. This phase will focus on the enforcement aspect of the initiative.