Police target unsafe driving habits in Burlington, Oakville, Milton this long weekend

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Published October 7, 2021 at 11:56 am

Halton police are kicking off a four-day road safety blitz tomorrow.

The progam is called Operation Impact 2021: Be a Hero. Aim for Zero.

The national public awareness campaign is aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

By promoting safe driving behaviours, Halton Regional Police hope to help prevent collisions, save lives, and reduce injuries on the roads.

From Friday, Oct. 8 to Monday, Oct. 11, police across the country will be focused on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users at risk.

They’ll be on the lookout for impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs or fatigue; aggressive driving; distracted driving; and driving without a seat belt.

Police want to emphasize that most collisions are not accidents, they are generally the direct result of a conscious decision an individual driver has made.

“If there were zero problematic driving behaviours at the wheel, we could expect zero collisions, zero injuries and zero deaths on our roads. So this year, we are inviting residents in our community to Be a hero. Aim for zero,” said a police spokesperson.

Motor vehicle collisions kill about 2,000 Canadians and seriously injure another 10,000 people each year.

It is not a coincidence that 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.

If you see driving behaviour that puts others at risk, police ask you call 911 at the earliest and safest opportunity.

Operation Impact is organized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, in support of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025.

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