This weekend sees the launch of ‘Operation Impact’, a national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.
Along with other provincial partners, Ontario Provincial Police are hoping to curb future road fatality numbers with a Thanksgiving long weekend blitz which will target the four problem offences.
“It’s an annual event that’s across the nation where we work with other policing partners” said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt. “We’re gonna be out there with enforcement, education, visibilty and taking calls from citizens who are seeing aggressive or possible impaired drivers”
The weekend operation is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.
A vast majority of over 1500 road deaths in the last five years were preventable on highways patrolled by the OPP.
Numbers released earlier this week from the OPP show inattentive driving accounting for 408 road deaths, speeding with 336, failure to wear a seat belt a factor in 335 deaths, and alcohol and drugs contributed to 321 deaths. The numbers come from road cases submitted by officers between 2011 and 2015.
“Tragically, most of these fatalities are directly linked to poor behaviours on the road and these are the ones that are preventable.” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair “Road safety is a collective effort. We need to see a complete shift in attitude on the part of drivers who do not take these risky behaviours seriously.”
— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) October 7, 2016