High risk driving targeted

  • May. 9, 2008 12:00 p.m.

As “summer” gets underway, police are taking a stand against high risk driving. During May, local RCMP detachments, with support from the North Pacific Traffic Services, are targeting enforcement in the areas of impaired driving, seatbelt use and more. A news release from the North Pacific Traffic Services says officers will dedicate the month, which includes the first long weekend of the season, to reminding people that enforcement of rules related to drinking and driving, drug use and seat belt use saves lives and reduces injuries. “The deaths, pain and broken hearts that result from carelessness and aggressiveness behind the wheel can be prevent,” says Terrace-based Constable Michael J. Lavric. According to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, the greatest number of alcohol related crashes occur during the summer months. As for occupant restraint systems, seat belts and child safety seats are the most cost effective means of reducing injury and death from motor vehicle collisions. Police will be enforcing these laws. In the Northwest there have bee 63 deaths and 1,269 known injuries related to vehicle collisions in the past 10 years.

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