Saugeen Shores Police Service

Operation Impact

NEWS RELEASE

05 October 2009

                            SAVING LIVES DURING OPERATION IMPACT

October 9-12, 2009 will mark Operation Impact, a national campaign to make Canada's roads the safest in the world.

This special project 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 Dan Rivett.  "Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this project because they have seen more than enough of that, 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 Saugeen Shores there have been four deaths and 74 injuries over the last 5 years related to vehicle collisions. These are just numbers but they represent moms, dads sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers, neighbours. Any injury or death is unacceptable to Saugeen Shores Police Service.  That is why, in support of Operation Impact, we are conducting RIDE programs, seatbelt checks, speed enforcement and watching for stop sign and traffic light violations.   There will also be a car seat clinic at the Saugeen Shores Police Station from 6 pm to 8 pm on Saturday, 10 October 2009, in partnership with the Grey-Bruce Health Unit.

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."

For further information please contact:     Sergeant Dave Butcher         

519-832-9200

dbutcher@saugeenshorespolice.com

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