TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - In response to the collision that was caused
this week by a repeat impaired driver, Ontario Community Council on Impaired
Driving (OCCID) wants to thank the individual who called in the impaired
driver to police.
"Drunk, drugged and fatigued drivers put us all at risk on our roads",
said Mary Purnell, OCCID Vice-President and victim. "Operation Lookout was
recognized by Health Canada in 2005 as a valuable program to deal with repeat
offenders, and this is exactly why."
Operation Lookout(R) intervenes to remove unsafe drivers from the roads,
and also deters potential impaired drivers by communicating an increased
likelihood of apprehension. Road users are asked to report suspected impaired
drivers by calling 9-1-1. Some signs of an impaired driver include:
- Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at inconsistent speeds
- Slowly drifting in and out of lanes
- Driving without headlights, failing to lower highbeams or leaving
turn signals on
- Tailgating and changing lanes frequently at excessive speeds
- Making wide turns, changing lanes or passing with insufficient
- Overshooting, stopping well before or disregarding signals and signs
- Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or very
- Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather
- Stopping without cause in a live traffic lane
- Driving in a low gear for no apparent reason or frequently grinding
Trade-marked in 1992 by Against Drunk Driving, Operation Lookout has
operated nationally since that time and has been credited for increasing the
number of suspected impaired drivers reported to police four-fold. About 50
communities in Canada currently run Operation Lookout(R).
Find out more about Operation Lookout by visiting www.call911.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contact: Anne Leonard, Executive
Director, OCCID, (416) 578-4829