Operation Impact is a nationwide campaign designed to encourage safe driving practices and ultimately, create safer roads for all who use them. The campaign ran throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, a time when individuals are typically traveling to see family and friends.
Police services across the country participated in the campaign, with the Timmins Police Service participating once again. Officers conducted targeted enforcement in high-traffic areas of the city including Highway 101 & Carium Road, Highway 101 & Rae Hill, Algonquin Blvd. & Mountjoy St. and Riverside & Norman to name a few.
Over the weekend in Timmins a total of 48 Provincial Offence Notices were handed out to drivers who did not abide by the Highway Traffic Act. One driver was charged with Driving while Operating a Hand Held Communication Device, while 29 drivers received tickets for speeding. A total of 18 additional drivers were charged for other traffic offences including driving the wrong way on a one-way street and failing to stop at a stop sign.
It is hoped that Operation Impact will serve as a reminder to drivers to follow the rules of the road, not only during the campaign but every day. Drivers are encouraged to slow down, use patience, and take extra time, especially with the winter weather approaching.
Being aware of the rules of the road and taking steps to mitigate dangerous driving behaviours will lead to safer roads and a safer community for all.