Cops come out for Thanksgiving
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.