Operation Impact is October 6th - 9th

October 5, 2017
Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island

News release

SAVING LIVES DURING OPERATION IMPACT

October 6th - 9th, 2017 will mark 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 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 many injuries and deaths on our highways 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 travelling and traffic crashes are more frequent.

Here in Prince Edward Island, there have been eight deaths and a number of serious injuries to date in 2017, as a result of vehicle collisions. These are just numbers but they represent moms, dads, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers, neighbours. In support of Operation Impact, members of the RCMP in Prince Edward Island will be stepping up enforcement on the provinces highways.

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.

'Dedicated to improving public safety on our roadways.'

For further information, please contact:

S/Sgt. Kevin Baillie
L Division Criminal Operations
902-566-7165
kevin.baillie@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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