Cracking down on aggressive driving
By Kate Adams
Monday, October 12, 2009
Speeding and aggressive driving won't be tolerated on city streets and to drive the message home the North Bay Police Service joined with fellow officers across the nation this weekend for Operation Impact.

Operation Impact is a police initiative designed to remind motorists that the key part of their job is to keep the public safe, save lives and reduce injuries on the roadways. This weekend officers focused on driving behaviors that put people most at risk including: impaired driving, seat belt use, and all aspects related to aggressive driving.

North Bay Police Traffic Enforcement Officer Merv Shawntz says the aim is not to hand out tickets to drivers but to educate them on the rules of the road.

After being set up for just 15 minutes at the corner of Fisher Street and Third Avenue Friday the traffic unit of the North Bay Police Service handed out three verbal warnings, two written warnings and two speeding tickets which verified the need for Operation Impact.

“The safety of our streets and that of the motoring public continues to be a priority of The North Bay Police Service” says Chief Paul Cook in a news release.

“To date, there have been 922 traffic collisions in North Bay and Callander resulting in a number of serious injuries. That is just a number but they represent moms, dads, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers, and neighbors. This is unacceptable to our Service. That is why, in support of Operation Impact, we are conducting a number of enforcement initiatives which include the deployment of personnel who will be specifically tasked with targeting aggressive driving. Also, there will be deployments of RIDE units that will be targeting those that continue to operate motor vehicles, in North Bay and Callander, while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.”

Officials say this weekend is strategically chosen because it is a very busy long weekend with a significant amount of Canadians on the roads.

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.