May 16, 2011

ORILLIA, ON, May 16 /CNW/ - With Canada Road Safety Week running from May 16 to 23, 2011, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be using all available resources to enforce traffic laws in an effort to save lives and reduce injuries on Ontario roads and highways. This week has been strategically chosen, as it includes the first summer long weekend.

Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by Transport Canada and endorsed by police and is part of "Road Safety Strategy 2015", which has a goal of making Canada's roads the safest in the world.

In support of the campaign, the OPP will be targeting aggressive driving, impaired driving, seatbelt compliance and distracted driving. They will also be making sure that motorists are slowing down and where possible, move over when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road with its emergency lights flashing.

"Over and above our enforcement efforts during Canada Road Safety Week, we are well-prepared for the anticipated increase in traffic and the start of the boating season and off-road recreational activities this coming May long weekend," said Chief Superintendent Bill Grodzinski, Commander of the OPP's Highway Safety Division.  "The OPP aircraft will be in use to assist officers on the ground who are watching for aggressive drivers and speeders," Grodzinski added.

As in previous years, the OPP will be working with Ministry of Transportation enforcement officers to make roads safer by ensuring that vehicles are safe, loads are secure and towing equipment is installed and used in compliance with the law.

"Canada Road Safety Week aligns with our Provincial Traffic Safety Program, the goal of which is to keep everyone on OPP patrolled roads and highways safe," says Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander responsible for the OPP Traffic Safety. "We are working hard to achieve our goal by targeting those who break traffic laws, and who continue to pose a threat to road users everywhere," he added.

"By showing strong support for important initiatives such as Canada Road Safety Week, the OPP is setting the bar high and ramping up our enforcement efforts to put a stop to all high-risk driving behaviours," says OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis.  "When it comes to safe driving habits, I know I can count on drivers to set the bar equally high so that together, we can really make a difference in the number of lives we save in Ontario," said Lewis.

During the Canada Road Safety Week 2010, the OPP laid a total of 9,806 charges for speeding, careless driving and seatbelt offences and 190 charges for criminal drinking and driving offences.

For OPP traffic safety initiatives go to:  Traffic Safety Tips.


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For further information:

    Contacts by OPP Region:    
Highway Safety Division: 
Central Region:  
East Region:   
Northeast Region:  
Northwest Region:  
West Region:   

Sergeant Dave Woodford
Constable Peter Leon  
Sergeant Kristine Rae  
Inspector Mark Andrews 
Sergeant Shelley Garr  
Sergeant Dave Rektor  


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