Road Safety Week

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Date(s) - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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Monday, May 23, 2016
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The week of May 17-23, 2016, will mark Canada’s Road Safety Week, a national campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

This campaign is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the police enforcement role is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority. The focus will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk. Referred to as the ‘Big 4 Killers’: impaired operation by alcohol or drug, seat belt use and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving.

Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this initiative and asking you to choose safe behaviours while travelling on our roadways, whether you are a driver or a passenger. We need to work together to ensure that Canada’s roadways are the safest in the world.

During the first five months of 2016, eight motorists or passengers have died on our roadways along with seven others sustaining life altering injuries in Halton Region. These collisions result in extremely tragic circumstances which highlight the fact that preventable driving behaviors cause of too many collisions. Driving behavior impacts the safety of our community, can result in tragic outcomes and serious repercussions.

The Halton Regional Police Service enforces all matters of road safety 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. In support of Canada Road Safety Week, the Halton Police will adapt a heightened level of presence on our roadways, looking for impaired & distracted motorists, along with those who choose to speed or not wear a seatbelt. Motorists found in contravention may be subject to arrest & charges, including licence suspensions, vehicle seizures and costly fines.

If you observe a vehicle being operated in a manner which places you, or anyone else in danger, please call 911 for an immediate police response. Halton residents are also encouraged to report any criminal activity to Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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