Public Safety

Operation Impact to take place this weekend (09/10/09)

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Oct. 9, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Drivers throughout the province will be reminded of the importance of road safety during Operation Impact, taking place Oct. 9-12.

The three-day initiative will feature traffic stops and targeted enforcement in the areas of impaired driving, seat belt use and excessive speed. Participants include the RCMP, municipal and regional police forces, and the Department of Public Safety's commercial vehicle enforcement division.

"We remind people travelling on the long weekend to drive safely, and this initiative is an excellent way to get the message out," said Public Safety Minister John W. Foran. "Speeding, not wearing seat belts, and driving while impaired are consistently the main causes of most fatal and serious-injury collisions. We all need to do our part to be safe and avoid tragedy on our highways."

Operation Impact has been taking place throughout the country for 15 years, and it is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Transport Canada.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Harrity, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-453-4433.

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