RCMP Traffic Services and Saskatchewan RCMP Detachments target high risk drivers on Highways through Operation Impact.
Operation Impact is a collaborative effort of Canadian police services in order to enforce the laws against high risk activities by road users. The program was originally a one-day campaign aimed at increasing seat belt use across the country. It has evolved to target other high risk activities like impaired driving and intersection safety.
Operation Impact is now a four-day event starting on the Friday of the Thanksgiving weekend and ending on the Monday evening.
The enforcement blitz from Oct. 8 to 11 resulted in high numbers of Saskatchewan drivers facing summary offence tickets and Criminal Code Charges. Statistics from the four-day enforcement period resulted in: 60 Criminal Code impaired driving charges; 38 roadside suspensions; 430 summary offence tickets for seatbelt violations; and 682 citations for aggressive driving.
A totl of 1,712 total infractions were identified by RCMP across the province
"The sobering numbers indicate the message of responsible motoring may not be reaching all aspects of the population," said S.Sgt. Ian Mitchell of Swift Current Traffic Services in a press release.
"RCMP Traffic Services and detachment members will remain vigilant in ensuring they are doing everything they can to promote safety on our provincial roadways for all motorists," he added.