Media Release – Motorists are reminded to practice safe driving during Canada Road Safety Week

Hastings & Prince Edward Counties/ May 16 th , 2017 – Over the next week, the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is emphasizing enforcement, education and collaboration in order to support Canada Road Safety Week, which is taking place from May 16 th to 22 nd. QRTC member agencies will be conducting an enforcement blitz to catch motorists who are breaking the rules of the road, with a specific focus on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and other road users at risk, including:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving – either by alcohol and/or drugs
  • Improper / non-use of seatbelts

“Most of the deaths and injuries that occur on our roadways are preventable,” says Constable Dave Ludington of Quinte West OPP. “With the warmer weather, we can expect to see an increase in the number of individuals using our roadways. QRTC is reminding everyone across our region to consider safety at all times,”

Tips to improve road safety include:

  • Planning for extra travel time
  • Driving distraction free – do not talk or text on your phone, put it on silent or ask a passenger to answer it for you
  • Driving sober – free from alcohol and/or drugs
  • Using seatbelts every time you drive, no matter how short the trip

The QRTC is asking the public to choose safe behaviors while travelling on our roadways, whether as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian. During last year’s Canada Road Safety Week campaign, more than 1,200 charges were laid – including 1,008 for speeding, 51 for seatbelt violations, 31 for distracted driving, and 9 for impaired driving.

About the QRTC

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, CN Police Service, Tyendinaga Police Service, OPP SAVE Team, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County and Quinte West OPP Detachments. The QRTC aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

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