Operation Impact that took place from October 7 – 10, 2016 in the Region of Peel concluded with 311 charges being laid under the Highway Traffic Act which included 24 Distracted Driving charges, 35 Seatbelt and 252 Speeding tickets. In addition, 15 charges related to drinking and driving were processed.
This special weekend was a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of traffic enforcement is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Educating the public in safe driving practices is a priority. The focus was on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk: impaired driving, seat belt use, and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving. All enforcement agencies across the country were invited to participate.
“The deaths, pain and broken hearts that result from carelessness behind the wheel can be prevented,” says Inspector Paul Pogue. “Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this project because they have seen more than enough pain. Police believe the involvement of the public is essential to achieve safer streets and highways.”
This initiative was strategically chosen, as it is a significant long weekend. More people are travelling and traffic collisions are more frequent.
In the Region of Peel, there have been 19 deaths this year and many more injured as a result of vehicle collisions. These are not just numbers but rather they represent mothers, dads, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers and neighbours. It is simply unacceptable to the members of Peel Regional Police and the community as a whole. That is why, in support of Operation Impact, we are increasing enforcement efforts in order to target these unsafe driving behaviours. – CINEWS