Canada Road Safety Week 2018

May 15, 2018
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release

Did you know you are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or collision while texting and driving? And, 4-5 times more likely to be involved in a crash or collision while talking on a cell phone while driving?

Canada Road Safety Week is a collective effort by Canadian police services to aggressively enforce laws that govern the high risk behaviors of road users. This seven day campaign, which includes the Victoria Day weekend, begins on Tuesday, May 15th and ends Monday, May 21, 2018 inclusive. RCMP throughout the province will be conducting traffic stops and check-points throughout the week. As well, the general public can expect increased police visibility as we focus on making our roads safer.

Policing efforts will be concentrated on:

  • Impaired driving (alcohol and drugs)
  • Seatbelt violations
  • Cell phone use & other handheld mobile devices (distracted driving)
  • Aggressive driving (speeding)
  • Intersection safety
  • Vehicle equipment and document related violations.

The RCMP are asking motorists to obey posted speed limits, don't drink and drive and always wear your seatbelt while in a motor vehicle.

Remember… Getting home safely is the most important part of the drive!


Contact information

Sgt. Joe Collett
RCMP Traffic Services

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