This weekend, DRPS launched Operation Impact, part of an annual, nation-wide traffic enforcement and education campaign aimed at saving lives and reducing injuries on roads.
Every year, Thanksgiving weekend generates more roadway traffic than any other weekend in Ontario. From October 10 to October 13, 2014, Durham Regional Police targeted impaired drivers, those who drive aggressively or while distracted, and those who were not compliant with seat belt and child restraint laws.
This initiative, run in collaboration with other police agencies across the country, has been strategically chosen by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to coincide with the upcoming, busiest weekend of the year.
Officers from the DRPS Traffic Services Branch, assisted by all divisions, conducted traffic enforcement across Durham Region leading to 15 arrests for impaired driving and 361 tickets issued.
The results from Operation Impact are as follows:
15 Impaired drivers arrested
361 tickets issued, including 158 speeding charges and 33 distracted driving tickets issued
1 person charged with stunt driving (license was suspended for seven days)
While the message that drinking and driving is a serious criminal offence has gotten through to many residents, some still attempt to operate a vehicle while impaired. Durham Regional Police would like to advise all motorists that drinking and driving will not be tolerated on our streets. Plan Ahead, Don't Take a Chance, Dont Drink and Drive.
Over the past five-and-a-half years, there have been 116 deaths related to vehicle collisions in Durham Region. These numbers represent moms, dads, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers, and neighbours.
The DRPS will continue concentrate on roadway safety through targeted enforcement and enhancing public education and awareness.
Operation Impact (JPG file, 811.5K bytes)
2014 Operation Impact Poster (JPG file, 1,655.7K bytes)