Operation Impact is a nationwide campaign by police agencies across the country, designed to work toward the common goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.
In Timmins, officers will be taking part in the campaign, to educate drivers in safe driving practices. The focus will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, and other road users most at risk: impaired driving, improper seat belt use, aggressive and distracted driving.
The campaign takes place annually during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This weekend is strategic in that it is a significant long weekend, with many people travelling the roadways both in the city and surrounding areas.
“The deaths, pain, and broken hearts that result from carelessness behind the wheel can be prevented,” said Traffic Sgt. Tom Chypyha. “In order for us, as a police service, to make our roads safer, the involvement of the public is essential. We will continue to educate the public and conduct enforcement to encourage safe driving practices.”
Last year in Timmins, there was one motor vehicle collision fatality, and 117 personal injury collisions. There were 13 impaired driving related collisions. These numbers are unacceptable, which is why the Timmins Police Service is participating in Operation Impact to enforce dangerous driving behaviours and continue to educate the public.