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Canada: Traffic enforcement campaign set for long weekend - Timmins Press
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Traffic enforcement campaign set for May Run weekend
By Len Gillis
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:53:16 EDT PM
Timmins Police Const. Andre Guertin leans to speak with a driver during a RIDE check conducted in Schumacher Tuesday. Police say they will be stepping up enforcement in the next week for such things as distracted driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving and driving without a seatbelt. The initiative is all part of Canada Road Safety Week campaign to reduce deaths and injuries for the motoring public.
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The Timmins Police Service says patrols will be stepped up to address the problem of distracted drivers and dangerous drivers in Timmins who could be a hazard to themselves and others.
That was part of the message Tuesday afternoon when police raised awareness for Canada Road Safety Week and staged a daytime RIDE check on Goldmine Road.
Vehicles were pulled over , police chatted with the drivers, informed them of the safe-driving campaign and sent them on their way.
TPS communications coordinator Marc Depatie said motorists can expect more attention from police officers who want motorists to have a safe long weekend.
"Every year we're told that five out of 100,000 Canadians die in preventable collisions. So that statistic is glaring enough. It does have some impact on our area. Thankfully there aren't that many fatalities in relation to collisions in the Timmins area, but serious injuries have resulted from collisions," he said.
Depatie said the key concerns are those with the letter D. He said this includes drunk or drugged driving where impairment is the concern, distracted driving where people don't pay attention, dangerous driving where people are too aggressive, and detached driving where drivers are not wearing seatbelts.
He said all these behaviors could result in serious collisions, and he said that is no accident .
"We don't call them accidents . We call them collisions. Accidents would give rise to the premise that it was not at all preventable. Collisions are preventable occurrences. Driving is a cognitive skill. It takes all your attention to reach your destination safely."
Another issue is that long weekends in Canada are notorious for taking the lives many drivers and passengers who are involved in road crashes. Depatie said it might be an unfortunate reality that many people have come to expect that fatal collisions and serious injuries are the norm.
He said it would be better to see the May long weekend as a time to enjoy with family and friends in as safe a manner as possible.
"In Northern Ontario, May Run is part of the celebration of being a Northerner and we want that celebrating to be as safe as possible," said Depatie.
He said Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Transport Canada. This initiative is part of Canada's Road Safety Strategy 2025, which has a goal of making Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2025.
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