Every long weekend, the police in Ontario have a bit of a tradition. While many people are celebrating with turkey dinners and their own fall festivities, the OPP is launching their special long weekend enforcement campaign. This year it's called Operation Impact 2019 and they're specifically targetting four main offences.
In a video posted to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt's Twitter, an officer explains that for the Thanksgiving long weekend they will be launching Operation Impact 2019. As part of the project, they will specifically be targeting drivers who are displaying aggressive driving, are impaired, distracted or people who aren't wearing a seatbelt.
While these are all offences that the police watch for regularly, with the long weekend the OPP will be having extra patrols on the roads and will specifically go after drivers committing any of those offences.
In his tweet, Schmidt also mentions obeying the speed limit. "Happy Thanksgiving please drive safe. Police services across Canada are conducting Operation Impact 2019," he says. "Please...Obey the speed limit, don't be distracted or impaired and always buckle up."
While the campaign focuses a lot on enforcement the overall goal is to make the roads safer for everyone, and it's not just in Ontario.
While the OPP shared their video about Operation Impact this weekend, police forces across Canada will be taking part. The initiative is actually part of a national public awareness campaign aimed at making Canada's roads the safest in the world.
From the RCMP in Yellowknife to the local police in London, forces everywhere will be out on the roads this weekend as part of Operation Impact 2019.
Sergeant Sean Harding, with London Police, told CTV the inspiration behind the operation name, saying "whether it’s making the right choice to wear a seatbelt, slow down, put your phone away or designate a driver, the actions that you make today will impact the future."
The operation will take place over the long week from October 11 to October 14. Police will especially be on the lookout for aggressive driving, impaired driving, distracted driving, and failure to wear a seat belt.