Throughout the month of October, police throughout Ontario will be cracking down on drivers engaging in four high-risk activities: speeding, distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt and impaired driving.
With a goal of making Canadas roads among the safest in the world, Operation Impact is a collaborative effort of Canadian Police Services in conjunction with Transport Canada.
Traditionally a one-day event centered on the Thanksgiving holiday, Canadian police have decided to extend the enforcement period for the entire month of October.
Through a combined effort of enforcement and education, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) hope to remind motorists of the critical role they play in affecting change in dangerous driving behaviours. The effort aims to encourage safer driving practices by all Ontario motorists.
The four main high-risk activities were contributing factors in 170 of the 227 accident fatalities investigated by OPP so far in 2015. Speeding and distracted driving have contributed to the greatest number of deaths, both having caused 48 of 170 deaths as of Oct. 4, 2015. Failure to wear a seatbelt led to 45 deaths and impaired driving caused 29 auto accident deaths.
Although the number of deaths caused by speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving have decreased since this time last year, the number of people driving without a seatbelt has increased.
Ontario motorists are encouraged to avoid these high-risk activities throughout Operation Impact and every day of the year. Through the practice of safe driving techniques of wearing a seatbelt, staying focused on the road and not speeding, and not getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, hundreds of lives could be saved every year.
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