October 11 – 14, 2013 will mark the beginning of Operation Impact, a national campaign to make Canada's roads the safest in the world.

This special weekend 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. Educating the public on 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 Sgt. Ted Hrebien of the Major Collision Investigations Section "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."

The timing of this initiative has been strategically chosen. As it is the Thanksgiving long weekend, more people are travelling and collisions are more frequent.

Here in Edmonton, there have been 20 deaths over the last year related to vehicle collisions. These are just numbers but they represent moms, dads, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers, neighbours. It is unacceptable to the Edmonton Police Service. That is why, in support of Operation Impact, police will be setting up Checkstops this Thanksgiving long weekend.

Operation Impact is a collaborative effort of Canadian police services in order to enforce the laws against high risk activities of road users. Operation Impact was originally a one day campaign aimed at increasing seat belt use across the country. It has evolved to target other high risk activities like impaired driving and intersection safety.

Operation Impact is now a 4 day event starting on the Friday of the Thanksgiving weekend and ending on the Monday evening. Operation Impact is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and member agencies of the CACP Traffic Committee from across Canada in support of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2015, which has a goal of making Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2015.

Source: Edmonton Police Services


Last updated on: 2013-10-14 | Link to this post