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Operation Impact targets dangerous driving this weekend

South Simcoe police will be on the lookout for impaired, aggressive, distracted driving during the long weekend
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This Thanksgiving weekend, the South Simcoe Police Service will be joining police services across the country for Operation Impact 2022.

Operation Impact is an annual, national public awareness traffic safety campaign to promote safe driving through education and enforcement.

From Oct. 7 to 10, officers will be targeting behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users at risk: impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs or fatigue, as well as aggressive driving, distracted driving, and driving without a seat-belt.

Most collisions are not ‘accidents.’ They are generally the direct result of a conscious decision an individual driver has made. This year, our message to residents in our communities is to ‘Put your best foot forward.’ Drivers are expected to do this by ‘putting the brakes on’ bad driving behaviours.

“This year to date, we have had five fatal motor-vehicle collisions, which have resulted in the deaths of six persons. In each of these investigations, the cause of the collision has been attributed to impaired, distracted, or aggressive driving. During the Thanksgiving weekend, it’s crucial that motorists make road safety a priority to ensure this weekend is memorable for the right reasons.” — Sgt. Jessica Irwin, Traffic and Marine Unit.

It’s not a coincidence the timing of this campaign to achieve safer streets and highways takes place during this long weekend. More people are travelling, and collisions are therefore more frequent.

Operation Impact is organized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), under the leadership of the CACP Traffic Safety Committee, in support o Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025.