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Operation Impact,
National traffic safety and enforcement initiative,
Friday, October 6, 2017, through Monday, October 9, 2017

Broadcast time: 14:56
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Traffic Services

Improving road safety and traffic flow for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is one of our goals in support of the Service priority and commitment to safe communities and neighbourhoods. Operation Impact will take place during the Thanksgiving weekend, starting Friday, October 6, 2017, until midnight Monday, October 9, 2017.

Operation Impact is a national traffic safety and enforcement initiative, presented in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, police services from across Canada and Transport Canada. Operation Impact’s goal is to bring together police services from across Canada to raise awareness regarding issues of public safety on our roadways.

Aggressive driving, not wearing seat belts, driving while impaired and distracted driving are consistently the main causes of most fatal and serious-injury collisions. We all need to do our part to reduce these tragedies on our roadways.

All police officers will be paying particular attention to motorists whose driving behaviours fall into these four main categories:

1) drinking and driving
2) failure to use seat belts
3) all aspects of speeding/aggressive driving
4) distracted driving

Safety tips:

Children under 12 should be in the back seat. It's always the safest place for them, especially if your vehicle is equipped with a supplemental restraint system (SRS), otherwise known as airbags.

Aggressive drivers often engage in a combination of high-risk road use behaviours – non-use of seat belts, drinking and driving and speeding. The results of these behaviours are often catastrophic for all involved road users.

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Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services