Canada Road Safety Week kicks off Tuesday
Published Monday, May 16, 2016 10:46AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, May 16, 2016 11:04AM EDT
A national campaign aimed at making Canada's roads the safest in the world starts tomorrow.
Canada Road Safety Week is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement component is to save lives and reduce injuries on the road.
Police say educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.
The focus will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users most at risk. These are impaired driving, occupant restraint use and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving.
All enforcement agencies across the country have been invited to participate.
In Ontario, over the past ten years (2006-2015), there have been 267 motorcycle and 167 off-road vehicle rider deaths in collisions investigated by the OPP.
In Chatham-Kent, there have been 10 deaths and 162 serious injuries over the last 5 years related to vehicle collisions, according to Chatham-Kent OPP.
Police say these are just numbers but these preventable deaths and injuries have a lifelong impact on many individuals and families in our communities.
In support of Canada Road Safety Week, members of the Chatham-Kent OPP are continuing the commitment to the Provincial Traffic Safety Program.
Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Transport Canada and is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which has a goal of making Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2025.