Canada Road Safety Week – Don’t be the Driving Force behind Traffic Collisions
Today, marks the beginning of Canada Road Safety Week, a 7-day national campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world. This annual awareness campaign is designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures in order to save lives and reduce injuries on Canada’s roads.
Now through the holiday weekend, the Chatham-Kent Police Service will be joining police services across Canada in an effort to promote road safety. This initiative is supported by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. During this time, officers will be focusing on the following dangerous driving behaviours:
– Impaired Driving (alcohol;, drugs and fatigue)
– Distracted Driving
– Aggressive Driving
– Not wearing a Seatbelt
Traffic Sgt Matt Stezycki says, “As identified in our current Strategic Plan, Roadway Safety continues to be a focused priority. As such, we will continue with our efforts of improving Roadway Safety through enforcement and educational initiatives, in order to create the safest environment possible for our Community and those who visit our Municipality.”
In support of Road Safety Week, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police have launched a Drive Safe campaign focusing on Distracted Driving. This Campaign features a booklet with information designed to make motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians more aware of what distracted driving is, the consequences of driving while distracted, and tips on how to avoid being distracted while on the road. The booklet can be found on our website at http://ckpolice.com/
“Our roads and highways are among the safest in North America. But distracted driving is one of the leading causes of collisions, injuries, and deaths on our roadways,” said Chief Gary Conn. “Every day, people get behind the wheel and take their attention away from the road. That includes reading, eating, using their phone and GPS. We are proud to continue the fight along with our police partners across the Nation to save lives on our roads.”
Research has shown that distracted drivers are three times more likely to be in a crash than attentive drivers. A shocking 80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver inattention as contributing factors.
This holiday weekend, please put your phone down, slow down, wear your seatbelt and don’t drive while impaired. Let’s make this a safe holiday weekend for all road users.