Waterloo Regional Police Take Part in Operation Impact

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Waterloo Region, Ontario – The Waterloo Regional Police Service joins police services across Canada for Operation Impact 2020. Operation Impact is a national public awareness campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world by promoting safe driving behaviours.

This year’s theme is, “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.” 

Members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s Traffic Unit and Neighbourhood Patrol will focus on driving behaviours that put motorists and other road users at risk, including impaired driving by alcohol, drugs or fatigue, aggressive driving, distracted driving and seat belt compliance.

“Most collisions are not accidents. They are generally the result of a conscious decision an individual driver has made. The decision to speed, to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs, or use a communication device while driving, are all things that we can choose not to do,” said Mark Hammer, Acting Staff Sergeant with WRPS’ Traffic Services Unit. “There have been 15 deaths related to vehicle collisions so far this year. We all have a role to play in road safety in our community."

Motor vehicle collisions kill about 2,000 Canadians, seriously injure another 10,000 people and injure about 165,000 citizens in this country each year.

“We are committed to road safety, and by partnering with Operation Impact, we hope to ensure safe roads throughout Waterloo Region,” said Acting Staff Sergeant Hammer.

Operation Impact will take place from October 9 to 12, 2020.

The Waterloo Regional Police Service would like to remind all motorists that road safety is everyone's responsibility. Please drive safely.

Media Inquiries:

Waterloo Regional Police Service
Public Information Unit
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8188

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