Aurora, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is making preparation for its annual participation in Operation Impact, a Canada-wide traffic safety initiative that runs over the Thanksgiving long weekend from October 9 to 12.

Operation Impact is an enforcement-driven traffic initiative designed to increase public awareness and compliance with safe driving measures that save lives. The OPP strategy will be to focus on impaired and aggressive driving, and on occupant restraint use. All available resources will be committed over the weekend, including two aircraft that will target aggressive drivers and speeders.

“The tragedy of losing a loved one to traffic collisions has touched most of us,” said OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino. “Last year during the Thanksgiving long weekend, we saw nine persons needlessly lose their lives in motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled highways. This year, if we are to reach our goal of making our roads the safest they can be, our officers will need the public to make a commitment to safe driving.”

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