Canada Road Safety Week Results in 770 Charges in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region, Ontario –  The Waterloo Regional Police Service laid a total of 770 road safety charges during Canada Road Safety Week, a seven-day national campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

The campaign, which ran from May 14, 2019 to May 20, 2019, focused on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users at risk. These behaviours include impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving, fatigue driving and failure to wear a seatbelt.

In total, the Waterloo Regional Police Service laid the following charges during the 2019 Road Safety Week: 

  • Impaired Related Charges: 43
  • Aggressive Driving Charges: 351
  • Distracted Driving Charges (Handheld Device): 52
  • Seatbelt Charges: 22
  • Other Traffic Charges: 302
  • Total Road Safety Charges: 770

 In 2018, the following charges were laid: 

  • Impaired Related Charges: 33
  • Aggressive Driving Charges: 294
  • Distracted Driving Charges (Handheld Device): 84
  • Seatbelt Charges: 17
  • Other Traffic Charges: 361
  • Total Road Safety Charges: 789

“The number of charges that we laid in one week is concerning” said Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin. “Road safety is a key priority for our Service and we want to remind motorists that road safety is everyone’s responsibility. We will continue to enforce these initiatives to ensure our roads are safe for all.  We encourage all motorists to be safe, be smart, and be responsible”.

 Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Transport Canada. This initiative is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safety in the world by 2025.

 

Media Inquiries:

Ashley Dietrich
Constable
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8285
ashley.dietrich@wrps.on.ca

 

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