National Safe Driving Week kicks off today and the Nova Scotia RCMP is asking motorists to consider their habits behind the wheel. In between picking up your kids, calling your mother-in-law about Christmas gifts and trying to remember what you need at the grocery store, have you thought at all about road safety?
“Speeding and aggressive driving, not wearing a seatbelt, driving while inattentive, and impairment by alcohol or drugs are consistent causal factors in serious injury and fatal collisions and every one of them are completely preventable.,” says S/Sgt. Scott Warnica, RCMP Traffic Services. “The holidays are a busy time of year but when you get behind the wheel, you must stop and think. Pay attention to your speed, put on your seatbelt, keep your eyes on the road and if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol, you have no business being behind the wheel.”
In support of National Safe Driving Week, the Nova Scotia RCMP will be live tweeting from checkpoints on Friday, December 2 in Inverness at 2:00 p.m. and Port Hawkesbury at 4:30 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to follow along on Twitter at @RCMPNS / @GRCNE and use the hashtag #CheckPointLive.
Saturday, December 3 is National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day. The RCMP will be conducting strategic checkpoints throughout the day to reinforce the message that driving impaired is dangerous and will not be tolerated. Reminders and tips about planning ahead to get home safely will also be shared on social media throughout the day.
“By getting out and talking to motorists at checkpoints, we are able to deliver the message first hand,” says S/Sgt. Warnica.
For the remainder of the week, motorists can expect to see an increased RCMP presence on roadways, conducting patrols and checkpoints. The Nova Scotia RCMP wants to remind motorists that if you suspect someone is driving impaired, please call 911. Include as many details as possible such as the location, direction of travel, description of the vehicle and the license plate.
Source: Media Release