Extra Police on Manitoba Roads

WINNIPEG, MB. – Take note that Police all across Manitoba will pay extra special attention to drivers until May 22.

From today until the 22nd of May it’s Canada Road Safety Week. A week where Canadian Police Services work together and target high-risk driving behaviour that puts drivers, passengers, cyclists, pedestrians, and other road users at risk. The national campaign is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and is aimed at making Canada’s roads safer.

According to Manitoba RCMP, 560 people are dead because of road collisions in Manitoba in the last five years, and the RCMP don’t want any more families suffering from preventable tragedies.

In a release RCMP said; “Impaired driving still remains the single largest factor for traffic deaths in rural Manitoba. Impaired driving was a factor in 41% of fatal collisions in Manitoba in the last five years. That means that approximately 230 deaths could have been completely prevented by people choosing not to drive impaired. The majority of alcohol-related crashes occur during the summer months. More than 80% of alcohol-related crashes are single-vehicle collisions, and the majority involve male drivers. The RCMP charges more than 1500 people in Manitoba each year with Impaired Driving under the Criminal Code. However, people continue to drive impaired, which means we will continue to enhance our enforcement to catch them before they take a life.

“A small decision can have fatal consequences,” said Inspector Ed Moreland, Officer in Charge of Traffic Services for the RCMP in Manitoba. “Every driver has a role to play. The RCMP targets high-risk driving behaviours during Canada Road Safety Week and continues to do so year round. We will have extra officers on patrol this week and into the long weekend to not only provide enforcement, but to be a visible reminder to motorists that smart decisions behind the wheel saves lives.”

Police will be on the lookout for all unsafe driving practices, with a focus on impaired driving, seatbelt and child restraint use, distracted driving, and speed/aggressive driving.

Kevin Klein, MyToba News

Kevin Klein is President and CEO of MyToba News. The former publisher and CEO of the Winnipeg Sun, Kevin has spent several years in Canadian media working in newspapers, radio and television. A proud and passionate citizen of Winnipeg and Manitoba, Kevin is excited to bring you news, pictures and information on the many wonderful charity groups in our province. If you have an event you want us to know about, email Kevin at kevin@mytoba.ca and follow him on Twitter @kevinkleinwpg.
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