Operation Impact, a national traffic enforcement initiative designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures and thereby save lives, took place this past holiday weekend October 6th - 9th, 2017.
RCMP members in Prince Edward Island did checkpoints and extra patrols to conduct enforcement in the areas of impaired driving, seatbelt use, and all aspects of aggressive driving including speeding, and distracted driving.
As a result of this enforcement initiative, RCMP members wrote 75 Summary Offence Tickets, including 50 for speeding, and the remainder for a variety of offences including failure to wear a seatbelt, use of a handheld device while driving, unsafe passing, and driving while suspended. Fifty drivers received warnings for various offences.
As well, two drivers received alcohol related 7 day suspensions, and a 23 year old male faces charges of Impaired Driving and Driving over 80 mgs/100 ml, after a vehicle was observed swerving on the road and was stopped. The driver subsequently provided breath samples in excess of the legal limit.
While national traffic enforcement initiatives are important, and can have a significant impact on driving habits, safe driving should be a 365 day a year goal. Aggressive driving, and the resulting collisions, injuries, and deaths are still a too common occurrence on our highways. Obey traffic laws, drive defensively, don't drink and drive, wear your seatbelt, and don't use your cell phone or other electronic devices while driving.
S/Sgt. Kevin Baillie
Contract Policing NCO
District Advisory NCO (DANCO)
450 University Ave,
PO Box 1360
Prince Edward Island
(902) 566-7165 Office