Highway Safety Division Wins Prestigious International Award
TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ -
Ontario is pleased to congratulate the Highway Safety Division of the
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on winning the 2007 Law Enforcement Challenge,
organized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the U.S.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between law enforcement
agencies. It recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs.
The program targets three major traffic safety priorities: occupant
protection, impaired driving and speeding.
The OPP won the award for the International Agencies category, which
recognizes the achievements of foreign law enforcement agencies in traffic
safety. The award acknowledges the success of the OPP's Provincial Traffic
Safety Program, which was launched in March 2007. The OPP will receive the
award on November 11 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police
annual convention in San Diego.
"I would like to personally congratulate OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino
and every member of the Highway Safety Division for winning this prestigious
award," said Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick
Bartolucci (http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about_min/bio.html). "This
award is yet another indicator that we are certainly on the right track in our
collective road safety efforts in Ontario."
"Ontario's roads are among the safest in North America, thanks in good
part to the work of OPP's Highway Safety Division. Every day we make our roads
safer with effective laws, widespread public education and tough enforcement,"
said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
- The Provincial Traffic Safety Program incorporates high visibility,
measurable outcomes, professional traffic stops and public education.
Resources are directed towards identified hot spots for the purpose
of reducing or eliminating collisions in a specific geographical
- Fatalities on highways the OPP patrols are down 34.4 per cent so far
this year and speed related fatalities are down 41.9 per cent over
the same period last year.
Read more about the Law Enforcement Challenge
Learn about the Provincial Traffic Safety Program
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For further information:
For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4973; Anthony Brown, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7772