Police launch Operation Impact this weekend

As of October 1, 2018 the deaths of 156 people on OPP patrolled roads were linked to the "Big Four" leading contributing factors in road fatalities.

These are aggressive driving, alcohol/drug impaired driving, inattentive driving and lack of seat belt use.

So far this year, 50 deaths were linked to speeding (one form of aggressive driving). 

Thirty seven (37) deaths were attributed to an inattentive driver and 35 deaths involved a driver who had consumed alcohol and/or drugs.

Failure to wear a seat belt was a factor in 34 people losing their lives in collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.    

Over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend, the OPP is joining police partners across Canada for Operation Impact, an enforcement-driven initiative aimed at increasing public compliance with laws in place to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

"So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 175,155 charges against aggressive, inattentive, alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, and unbuckled vehicle occupants.

The three behaviours associated with driving are linked to 15,269 collisions to date, 95 of which were fatal.

The goal of Operation Impact is not about issuing traffic tickets. It is about seeing every driver, without police intervention, refrain from risky driving behaviours and every vehicle occupant buckled up" according to  Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair,  Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

Owen Sound Police Service also part of the initiative and say educating the public in safe driving practices is a priority. 

This year we will be focusing of the ‘BIG4’ which are the main causes of death on the roadways.  These include, driving while impaired by alcohol or drug, occupant restraint use, aggressive driving and distracted driving.

The deaths and serious injury in Ontario are represented by statistics, but they represent more than that.

They represent moms, dads, children, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers and our neighbours.

Tragedy on our roadways is unacceptable to the Owen Sound Police Service and that is why, in support of Operation Impact, we join this life-saving campaign with all agencies in Canada.

The campaign and the zero tolerance enforcement will operate until Monday, October 8. 

We remind the public that we all work together for safer roads and if you see an impaired driver, please call 9-1-1 immediately. For more information visit www.cacp.ca