Saving Lives During Canada Road Safety Week

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May 17th to 23rd, 2016 will mark Canada Road Safety Week, a national campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

This campaign is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement component is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority. The focus will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users most at risk. These are impaired driving; either by alcohol and/or drugs, occupant restraint use, and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving. All enforcement agencies across the country have been invited to participate.

“The deaths, pain 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 initiative and asking you to choose safe behaviours while travelling on our roadways, whether you are driving or a passenger. It is incumbent upon the police and the public to work together to ensure that Canada’s roadways are the safest in the world.

Here in Sault Ste Marie, there have been 8 deaths and many serious injuries over the last 5 years related to vehicle collisions. These are just numbers, but these preventable deaths and injuries have a lifelong impact on many individuals and families in our communities. In support of Canada Road Safety Week, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service will be conducting increased traffic related enforcement to ensure all persons in the Sault and Prince Township can safely use our roadways.

Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Transport Canada and is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world by 2025.

“Dedicated to improving public safety on our roadways.”