Leading up to the first "summer" long weekend, police all across Canada expect increased traffic and the potential for more collisions; police will increase patrols, information sharing and enforcement efforts to remind people that safe driving habits save lives and reduce injuries on roadways.
The campaign focuses on the “big 4” behaviours that put drivers, passengers, and other road users at risk including: impaired driving by alcohol or drugs, the improper use of seatbelts, speeding and distracted driving. Police will be conducting roadside checkpoints and paying extra attention to awareness and enforcement of safe driving practices throughout the community.
Police encourage motorists to think safety when they get behind the wheel; that means, buckling seat belts, driving sober, staying within speed limits, paying attention and avoiding distractions, especially the use of cell phones – talking and texting – while driving.
Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Transport Canada, and is endorsed by police services across the country.
Anyone who witnesses illegal or dangerous driving behaviours is asked to please contact police at 563-5151 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers.