Waterloo Regional Police Service Takes Part in Operation Overpass

Slow down and arrive safely #OperationOverpass. WRPS and OPP logo

Waterloo Region, Ontario – The Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to partner with the Ontario Provincial Police for a road safety campaign called Operation Overpass.

During this two-week campaign, police will focus on driving behaviours that put all road users at risk, including high speeds and aggressive driving. Speeding and other aggressive behaviours are the most dangerous behaviours on Waterloo Region roads. 

“During times of COVID-19, we remain committed to road safety. We recognize that there are fewer vehicles on the road as more people are encouraged to stay home,” said Mike Hinsperger, Staff Sergeant with WRPS Traffic Services Unit. “However, some drivers are using this as an opportunity to drive their vehicles at extreme speeds on our area roadways, which has resulted in an elevated level of stunt driving and extreme speeding situations.”

The goal of the campaign is to curb recent trends of extreme speeding and high-risk driving behaviour on Waterloo Region roadways.

“Unfortunately, since traffic volumes have recently lightened as a result of COVID-19, the OPP and WRPS have seen a noticeable increase in stunt driving occurrences,” said Michael Di Pasquale, Staff Sergeant with the OPP Highway Safety Division. “These unsafe driving behaviours are putting everyone at undue risk. We hope that this local education and enforcement initiative will result in drivers slowing down. We also hope that it will reduce the likelihood of death or serious injury caused by preventable collisions.”

Police are reminding motorists to slow down and obey all rules of the road.

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André Johnson
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8106

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