Cops come out for Thanks­giv­ing

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

FromOc­to­ber 11th to the 14th, po­lice across the coun­try will be tak­ing part in Op­er­a­tion Im­pact: a road safety ini­tia­tive that aims to strengthen sur­veil­lance on the roads. In Que­bec, a con­certed ef­fort unit­ing all of the po­lice ser­vices will al­low for hun­dreds of op­er­a­tions over the prov­ince’s ter­ri­tory. Th­ese op­er­a­tions will fo­cus on the main causes of ve­hi­cle col­li­sions caus­ing bod­ily harm: ex­ces­sive speed; not wear­ing a safety belt; drunk driv­ing; and us­ing a cell­phone while driv­ing.

In a 90 km/hr zone, go­ing over the speed limit by 20 km/hr can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death in a col­li­sion. Day af­ter day, po­lice stop driv­ers who are speed­ing just to save a few min­utes of time, seem­ingly un­aware of the con­se­quences.

In 2012 over the Thanks­giv­ing weekend, six peo­ple died on the road and 168 oth­ers were hurt fol­low­ing col­li­sions on the ter­ri­tory of the Sureté du Que­bec. Be­cause of the in­creased num­ber of ve­hi­cles on the road dur­ing that pop­u­lar hol­i­day, driv­ers need to be more vig­i­lant and re­duce their speed.

Last Thanks­giv­ing weekend in the Estrie re­gion, there was one death, four se­ri­ous in­juries and six light in­juries as a re­sult of col­li­sions be­tween ve­hi­cles.

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