Road safety to be highlighted this week by police events

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The RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador will be taking part in Canada Road Safety Week — a co-ordinated effort  by police agencies across Canada.

A news release notes Canada Road Safety Week is a zero-tolerance enforcement initiative designed to increase public awareness and compliance with safe driving measures.

This week and through the weekend there will be various operations, including checkpoints, conducted by the RCMP in partnership with both the RNC and Highway Enforcement.

Violations being checked for will include, but are not limited to:

• Impaired Driving, alcohol and drugs

• Seatbelt violations

• Use of Cell Phones and other handheld mobile devices while driving (distracted driving),

• Aggressive Driving Habits,

• Intersection Control and Safety,

• Unsafe Speeds,

• Vehicle equipment and document related violations.

Every year approximately 1,000 Canadians are killed and nearly 6,500 are seriously injured in jurisdictions policed by the RCMP. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among the youth in this country.

During 2012 in Newfoundland and Labrador there were 26 collisions which resulted in 27 fatalities.

During 2013 to date in Newfoundland and Labrador, four collisions resulting in five fatalities.

Organizations: RCMP, Canada Road Safety Week

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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