OPP Will Conduct Highway Safety Blitz Over Thanksgiving Long Weekend

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Ontario Provincial Police SUV (Highway Safety Division). The Ontario Provincial Police says its officers will be out in force patrolling the province's roads this weekend.
Ontario Provincial Police SUV (Highway Safety Division). The Ontario Provincial Police says its officers will be out in force patrolling the province’s roads this weekend in what they refer to as “operation impact”.

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The Ontario Provincial Police says its officers will be out in force this weekend, joining a nationwide campaign to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths on the roads.

They launched “Operation Impact” on 400-series highways Friday morning. The campaign will target what police are calling the “big four:” impaired driving, aggressive driving, improper or lack of seatbelt use and distracted driving.

OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis said officers will be taking a “zero tolerance” approach “toward drivers who place others at risk.”

“We will use all available resources, including OPP aircraft, to do our part to ensure Canada’s roads and highways remain among the safest in the world,” he said in a statement.

Five people died on Ontario roads during the Thanksgiving long weekend last year.

From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 7 to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 10, 2011 the OPP and police services across Canada will be relentlessly targeting impaired drivers, those who drive aggressively or while distracted as well as those who are not compliant with seat belt and child restraint laws.
From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 7 to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 10, 2011 the
OPP and police services across Canada will be relentlessly targeting impaired drivers, those who drive aggressively or while distracted as well as those who are not compliant with seat belt and child restraint laws.

The campaign runs from Friday until Monday.

From October 7 to 17, 2011 OPP officers will be highly visible throughout the province as they carry out targeted enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws. Police will be looking out for motorists and occupants within the vehicle who aren't properly restrained in their seatbelts.
From October 7 to 17, 2011 OPP officers will be highly visible throughout
the province as they carry out targeted enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws. Police will be looking out for motorists and occupants within the vehicle who aren’t properly restrained in their seatbelts.

So far this year, 249 people have died on roads patrolled by the OPP.

In 170 of those fatalities, police say distracted driving, speeding, impaired driving or failure to wear a seat belt were factors.

OPP say speeding and distracted driving in particular are in the lead, with both being significant factors in 48 deaths each.

Apparent failure to wear seatbelts was a factor in 45 deaths and impaired driving was a causal factor in 29 road deaths.

The start of Operation Impact coincides with the launch of the OPP Fall Seatbelt
Campaign. From October 7 to 17, 2011 OPP officers will be highly visible throughout
the province as they carry out targeted enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws.
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