Upcoming road enforcement initiative
The focus of Operation Impact 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 driving. All enforcement agencies across the country have been invited to participate. File photo.
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Sep 18, 2009
By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff
The Thanksgiving long weekend (Oct. 9-12) will mark Operation Impact, a national campaign to improve road safety.
The weekend is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the police's job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways, stated a release from Greater Sudbury Police.
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 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. Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this project because they have seen more than enough of that, and because they know that the involvement of the driving public is essential to achieve safer streets and highways,” stated a Transport Canada report called Road Safety Vision 2010.
This initiative has been strategically chosen, as it is a significant long weekend. More people are traveling and traffic crashes are more frequent.
Here in Greater Sudbury, since 2008, there have been four alcohol-related deaths and 111 alcohol-related injuries relating to vehicle collisions.
“These are just numbers but they represent moms, dads, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers and neighbours,” stated the press release.
“This is unacceptable to the Greater Sudbury Police Service. That is why, in support of Operation Impact, we will be watching for impaired drivers and conduct zero-tolerance enforcement throughout the holiday weekend.”
Operation Impact is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Transport Canada and is part of Road Safety Vision 2010, which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world by 2010.