Saving Lives During Operation Impact

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October 9-12, 2015 will mark Operation Impact, a national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

This special weekend is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Educating the public in safe driving practices is a priority. The focus will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk: impaired driving, seat belt use, and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving. All enforcement agencies across the country have been invited to attend.

“The deaths, pains and broken hearts that result from carelessness behind the wheel can be prevented”, says Chief Robert Keetch. “Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this project because they have seen more than enough of that, and because they know the involvement of the driving public is essential to achieve safer streets and highways.”

This initiative has been strategically chosen, as it is a significant long weekend. More people are travelling and traffic crashes are more frequent.

Operation Impact is a time to remind drivers and passengers to consciously consider safety whenever they get behind the wheel. Buckle seat belts and ensure youngsters are properly restrained in vehicles according to their age and size. Refrain from drinking and driving. Pay attention to the road at all times and refrain from aggressive driving and distracted driving behaviours.

Operation Impact is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and member agencies of the CACP Traffic Committee from across Canada in support of Canada’ Road Safety Strategy, which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world by 2015.

“Dedicated to improving public safety on our roadways.”