DRPS Releases Canada Road Safety Week Results

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

Officers wrote more than 700 tickets during the 2016 Canada Road Safety Week and responded to fewer collisions than previous years.

The campaign, which ran from May 17 to 23, 2016 as an enforcement-driven initiative, was designed to increase public compliance and awareness relating to safe driving measures. The ultimate goal was to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.

The DRPS collectively targeted The Big Four Killers – Impaired Driving, Seat Belt Use, Aggressive Driving and Distracted Driving and yielded the following statistics:

                                                                                     2015               2016               Difference

Speeding Charges                                                  475                 635                 +160

Seat Belts Charges                                                     6                     15                 +9

Distracted Driving Charges                                 18                    46                  +28

Impaired/Exceed Arrests                                     13                     11                   -2

HTA-Suspended Drivers Charged                     19                    24                  +5

Motor Vehicle Collisions-No Injuries              31                    29                   -2

Motor Vehicle Collisions-With Injuries        138                   92                   -46

Motor Vehicle Collisions-Fatalities                     0                    0                   -/+0

Members of our community were held to a higher level of driving accountability.  Statistical comparisons of 2015 and 2016 indicate a significant increase in moving violations, yet a substantial decrease in motor vehicle collisions that result in personal injury. The DRPS will continue to make our roadways amongst the safest roadways in Canada.

Canada Road Safety Week was sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Transport Canada and is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2016.

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