SAVING LIVES DURING OPERATION IMPACT
October 8-11, 2010 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 driving. All enforcement agencies across the country have been invited to participate.
"The deaths, pain and broken hearts that result from carelessness behind the wheel can be prevented," says Chief Cory McMullan. "Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this project because they have seen more than enough tragedy 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 traveling and traffic crashes are more frequent. Here in Belleville, there have been 4 deaths and 15 serious injuries over the last year directly related to vehicle collisions on private property and highways. These are just numbers but they represent moms, dads sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers, neighbours. It is unacceptable to Belleville Police Service. That is why, in support of Operation Impact, we are dedicating officers to increased enforcement initiatives.
Operation Impact is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Transport Canada and is part of Road Safety Vision 2010, which has a goal of making Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2010.
"Dedicated to improving public safety on our roadways."