ORILLIA, ON, May 16 /CNW/ - With Canada Road Safety Week running from
May 16 to 23, 2011, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be using
all available resources to enforce traffic laws in an effort to save
lives and reduce injuries on Ontario roads and highways. This week has
been strategically chosen, as it includes the first summer long
Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by Transport Canada and endorsed by
police and is part of "Road Safety Strategy 2015", which has a goal of
making Canada's roads the safest in the world.
In support of the campaign, the OPP will be targeting aggressive
driving, impaired driving, seatbelt compliance and distracted driving.
They will also be making sure that motorists are slowing down and where
possible, move over when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the
shoulder of the road with its emergency lights flashing.
"Over and above our enforcement efforts during Canada Road Safety Week,
we are well-prepared for the anticipated increase in traffic and the
start of the boating season and off-road recreational activities this
coming May long weekend," said Chief Superintendent Bill Grodzinski,
Commander of the OPP's Highway Safety Division. "The OPP aircraft will
be in use to assist officers on the ground who are watching for
aggressive drivers and speeders," Grodzinski added.
As in previous years, the OPP will be working with Ministry of
Transportation enforcement officers to make roads safer by ensuring
that vehicles are safe, loads are secure and towing equipment is
installed and used in compliance with the law.
"Canada Road Safety Week aligns with our Provincial Traffic Safety
Program, the goal of which is to keep everyone on OPP patrolled roads
and highways safe," says Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial
Commander responsible for the OPP Traffic Safety. "We are working hard
to achieve our goal by targeting those who break traffic laws, and who
continue to pose a threat to road users everywhere," he added.
"By showing strong support for important initiatives such as Canada Road
Safety Week, the OPP is setting the bar high and ramping up our
enforcement efforts to put a stop to all high-risk driving behaviours,"
says OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis. "When it comes to safe driving
habits, I know I can count on drivers to set the bar equally high so
that together, we can really make a difference in the number of lives
we save in Ontario," said Lewis.
During the Canada Road Safety Week 2010, the OPP laid a total of 9,806
charges for speeding, careless driving and seatbelt offences and 190
charges for criminal drinking and driving offences.
For OPP traffic safety initiatives go to: Traffic Safety Tips.
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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
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| Highway Safety Division: |
| Sergeant Dave Woodford |
Constable Peter Leon
Sergeant Kristine Rae
Inspector Mark Andrews
Sergeant Shelley Garr
Sergeant Dave Rektor
| Phone: 416 553-5471 |
Phone: 705 329-7414
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