October 6 – October 9, 2017, will mark Operation Impact, a national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.
The Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be participating in this 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 participate.
“The deaths, pain and broken hearts that result from carelessness behind the wheel can be prevented,” says Staff Sergeant Michael Maville, Detachment Commander Sault Ste. Marie OPP., “Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this project because they know that the involvement of the driving public is essential to achieve safer streets and highways.”
Here in the North East Region on OPP Patrolled roadways there have been 21 deaths caused by motor vehicle collisions from January 1, 2017 – October 1, 2017. Alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in two of the deaths and speeding was a factor in four deaths. Failure to wear a seatbelt was a factor in five deaths and inattentive driving was a factor in 19 of these deaths.
These are not just numbers, but they represent mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers, neighbours. Remember this as you are travelling this long weekend. Buckle up, slow down, drive sober, put away all distractions and focus on the road.