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Police have safe driving campaign underway

SYDNEY — Cape Breton Regional Police and RCMP will be conducting checkpoints and targeting traffic enforcement as part of Operation Impact during the holiday weekend.

Both forces will be enforcing safe driving practices as part of the national campaign to raise awareness about dangers associated with risky and illegal driving behaviours.

They'll also be reminding motorists that enforcement is a key part of reducing injuries and saving lives on roadways.

The campaign that will take place throughout the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Cape Breton County will see police ask motorists to think safety when they get behind the wheel, including buckling seat belts, properly restraining children according to age and size, driving sober, staying within speed limits, paying attention and avoiding distractions.

In the CBRM, traffic safety officers will focus particular attention on enforcing the use of cell phones – talking and texting – while driving.

Police remind motorists that talking or texting on a cell phone while driving is a dangerous distraction and a serious offence; fines start at $176.45, and drivers receive 2 demerit points on their license.

Police agencies across Canada also collaborate on Operation Impact

The campaign takes place annually over Thanksgiving weekend, a time when traffic significantly increases and collisions are more frequent.

The campaign is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, in support of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2015 which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

Anyone who witnesses illegal driving behaviours is asked to contact police at 563-5151 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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