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Canada Road Safety Week: Taking the ‘D’ out of ‘Driving’

Canada Road Safety Week: Taking the ‘D’ out of ‘Driving’
May 15th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Today marks the beginning of Canada Road Safety Week, a 7-day national campaign aimed at making Canada's roads the safest in the world. All enforcement agencies across the country have been invited to participate in this annual awareness campaign designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures in order to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

The focus of this campaign is on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users at risk. This year, we want to take the ‘D’ out of Driving. To this end, each day of Canada Road Safety Week will be dedicated to one key risk factor for road safety. We will be reminding Canadians not to drive:

  • Drunk (alcohol-impaired)
  • Drugged (drug-impaired)
  • Drowsy (fatigue-impaired)
  • Distracted
  • Dangerously (aggressive driving)
  • Detached (without proper occupant restraints)

Road safety is a key priority for police agencies because about 5 in every 100,000 Canadians are dying due to motor vehicle accidents. We want citizens in our community to remember that impaired, distracted and aggressive driving incidents are preventable and not worth the risk. Safe roads depend on drivers making the right decisions.  For these numbers to come down, we require the public’s cooperation.

Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Transport Canada. This initiative is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which has a goal of making Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2025.

In support of Canada Road Safety Week, Barrie Police Service will be conducting Commercial Motor Vehicle safety checks, Distracted & Dangerous Driving initiatives as well as sporadic RIDE and seatbelt checks.

 

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