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Police in Cape Breton set to impact road safety

Cape Breton Regional Police and RCMP will be conducting checkpoints and targeting traffic enforcement throughout the CBRM and Cape Breton County. Police ask motorists to think safety when they get behind the wheel: buckle seat belts, properly restrain children according to age and size, drive sober, stay within speed limits, pay attention and avoid distractions – including no talking and texting on cell phones.

Police agencies across Canada collaborate on Operation Impact, to educate motorists about the importance of safe driving practices and the key role they play in efforts to achieve safer streets and highways. It takes place annually over Thanksgiving weekend, a time when traffic significantly increases and collisions are more frequent. The campaign is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), in support of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy, which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

In the CBRM, Traffic Safety Officers will focus particular attention on enforcing the use of cell phones – talking and texting – while driving. Police remind motorists that talking or texting on a cell phone while driving is a dangerous distraction and a serious offence; fines start at $237.50, and drivers receive 2 demerit points on their license.

Anyone who witnesses illegal driving behaviours is asked to please contact police at 563-5151 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers.