**** RCMP Media Release
RCMP issue 228 tickets and intercept 14 drivers for alcohol-related incidents during Canada Road Safety Week
Halifax District RCMP issued 228 charges under the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act and intercepted 14 drivers for alcohol-related incidents during Canada Road Safety Week, May 18-24.
Canada Road Safety Week is an enforcement-driven initiative led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and is intended to increase safe driving in order to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.
“RCMP officers conducted checkpoints and were on the roads in communities across the municipality to encourage safe driving practices and enforce the Motor Vehicle Act,” says Insp. Jeremie Landry, Operations Officer (West) of the Halifax District RCMP. “Road safety is a year-round priority for the RCMP and Canada Road Safety Week provides police services from across the province and across the country with the opportunity for focused and combined efforts in this area.”
During Canada Road Safety Week, Halifax District RCMP suspended 10 drivers and arrested four for impaired driving offences, and issued:
- 134 summary offence tickets for aggressive driving, including speeding and stunting
- 72 summary offence tickets for infractions including driving without insurance, driving without vehicle registration and driving without a valid license.
- 9 summary offence tickets for distracted driving, which included 8 for use of a mobile phone
- 13 summary offence tickets for not using a seatbelt
Road safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists is a shared responsibility and one of the most common public safety concerns among residents and councillors.
“Speeding is the topic of daily emails from residents of District 1 – Please consider the consequences of speeding seen and unseen,” Councillor Cathy Deagle-Gammon.
“Public safety is a community concern. The work of the RCMP during Road Safety Week to enforce and educate road users throughout District 13, keeps safety top of mind and highlights the fact that we are all partners in policing,” Councillor Pam Lovelace.
“As Councillor for District 14, road safety issues count among the top concerns expressed to me by residents. We all want safe communities to live, work and play in. It’s a responsibility that rests with every driver that gets behind the wheel,” Councillor Lisa Blackburn.
Every motorist has a responsibility to protect themselves and other road users. When you wear your seatbelt, drive sober, stay focused and travel at safe speeds, you increase the odds that you and everyone around you will arrive home safely.
If you see dangerous driving, report it to police when it is safe to do so. It is helpful to include the location of the vehicle, a description of the driver and vehicle (including license plate number, colour, make and model) as well as the vehicle’s direction of travel.