October 6-9, 2017 will mark Operation Impact, a national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. Shelburne Police is participating in this campaign over the long weekend as part of their ongoing efforts to promote roadway safety.
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 in 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.
Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this project because they have seen more than enough injuries and deaths, and because they know that the involvement of the driving public is essential to achieve safer streets and highways.”
This initiative has been strategically chosen, as it is a significant long weekend. More people are traveling and traffic crashes are more frequent.
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 2025, which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.
This year’s campaign is again going to focus on education and enforcement of the “Big 4”, impaired driving, occupant restraint use, and all aspects related to speed and distracted driving; the main causes of death and injury on Canadian roadways according to the CACP.
Update October 10, 2017:
Shelburne Police issued 73 traffic related charges, and 10 traffic related warnings over the long weekend. The charges are broken down as follows:
- Speeding: 58 charges
- Documents: 5 charges
- Stop Signs/Traffic Lights: 4 charges
- Equipment (lighting etc.): 2 charges
- Cellphone: 1 charge
- Insecure Load: 1 charge
- Fail to move over for emergency vehicle: 1 charge
- Driving while licence suspended: 1 charge
Shelburne Police reminds all drivers to make safety their priority while on the roadways. Leave the cellphone alone until you are stopped in a safe location, drive at a safe speed and according to road and weather conditions, make sure your vehicle is safe to operate, and use extra caution at intersections.