(WAWA, ON) – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Superior East Detachments will be taking part in a National four day traffic safety initiative called Operation Impact over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend.
This initiative will have all police officers paying particular attention to motorists whose behaviours fall under four main categories: driving while impaired, not wearing seatbelts, aggressive driving and distracted driving. These four main behaviours continue to cost the significant loss of life on our roads every year. Drivers and passengers must be mindful of the important role they play in changing unsafe driving behaviours.
Every person that sits behind the steering wheel of a motor vehicle has a responsibility to ensure that he or she and its passengers arrive to their destination safely. The OPP continues to target those who put the well-being of others at risk by operating motor vehicles in violation of provincial and federal legislation. That is why the OPP will be visible this long weekend educating motorists on traffic laws.
The public is reminded that arriving safely at your destination is no “accident”. Motor Vehicle Collisions (MVC) happen for a reason and motorists should take the necessary steps and make the right choices to arrive alive.
These choices include:
- Operating a motor vehicle in a sober state
- Wearing seatbelts properly and at all times while in motion
- Obeying the posted speed limits and following at a safe distance
- Using only hands-free communication devices while operating a motor vehicle
“Traditionally, long weekends are the deadliest on OPP patrolled highways, waterways and trails. Please keep in mind that the highways, waterways and trails can become deadly when alcohol and drugs are mixed with operating vehicles or vessels. Your families and friends need you to come home safely. I would like to encourage everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend,” stated Detachment Commander, Staff Sergeant Richard Bordin”.
Operation Impact will take place over the Thanksgiving weekend, from October 5th – 8th, 2018; a time where many individuals and families are traveling to see their loved ones. Let’s work together to encourage safe driving practices and minimize senseless tragedy on our roadways this holiday weekend.
As of October 1, 2018 the deaths of 156 people on Ontario Provincial Police-(OPP)-patrolled roads were linked to the “Big Four” leading contributing factors in road fatalities. These are aggressive driving, alcohol/drug impaired driving, inattentive driving and lack of seat belt use.
So far this year, 50 deaths were linked to speeding (one form of aggressive driving). Thirty seven (37) deaths were attributed to an inattentive driver and 35 deaths involved a driver who had consumed alcohol and/or drugs. Failure to wear a seat belt was a factor in 34 people losing their lives in collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.
Over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend, the OPP is joining police partners across Canada for Operation Impact, an enforcement-driven initiative aimed at increasing public compliance with laws in place to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.
“So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 175,155 charges against aggressive, inattentive, alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, and unbuckled vehicle occupants. The three behaviours associated with driving are linked to 15,269 collisions to date, 95 of which were fatal. The goal of Operation Impact is not about issuing traffic tickets. It is about seeing every driver, without police intervention, refrain from risky driving behaviours and every vehicle occupant buckled up.” said Deputy Commissioner BRAD BLAIR, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
DID YOU KNOW?
Operation Impact is an annual initiative sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
Operation Impact is part of Canada’s broader Road Safety Strategy 2025 which aims to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.
Drug-impaired and alcohol-impaired driving have always been illegal and this will not change once Cannabis becomes legal on October 17, 2018.
Motorists are encouraged to call 911 if they suspect someone is impaired by alcohol, drug, or even fatigue.