In their continued effort to address traffic safety issues and educate citizens on the rules of the road, the Integrated Traffic Unit will focus on the fight against impaired driving during the month of December through the “Operation Christmas” initiative.
Operation Christmas is a province-wide annual campaign that aims to reduce impaired driving and encourage motorists to practice safe winter driving. During the campaign, the Traffic Unit will conduct checkpoints throughout the region to ensure that drivers on our roadways are sober and educated on the dangers of getting behind the wheel while impaired.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs puts everyone in danger. In December 2009, MADD Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia launched Campaign 9-1-1 which encourages people to call police with information on suspected impaired drivers. HRP/RCMP Partners in Policing continue to be encouraged by the number of citizens helping to play a role in community safety. If you have information on an impaired driver, please call 9-1-1.
In November, the Integrated Traffic Unit’s theme was crosswalk safety. In total, 1,271 Summary Offence Tickets were issued by officers during the month. HRP/RCMP Partners in Policing remind everyone that road safety is a shared responsibility. Motorists are reminded to slow down, pay attention and adjust their driving for the conditions. There is a crosswalk at every intersection, whether it is marked or not, and drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.