'Operation Impact' runs from October 6 through October 9. (Photo courtesy of CKPS)

‘Operation Impact’ May Save Your Life

Beware this Thanksgiving Day weekend if you drive without a seat belt or text while driving because “Operation Impact” is underway.

The national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world runs from October 6 through October 9.

Chatham-Kent Police Services Public Information Officer Kelly Helbin says officers will be out enforcing sober driving, seat belt use, and all aspects related to non-aggressive and non-distracted driving.

Helbin says “the initiative is running this holiday weekend because more people are traveling and traffic crashes are more frequent.”

She says in Chatham-Kent, there have been 11 deaths and 19 serious injuries related to vehicle collisions since January.

Police say all of last year, there were seven deaths and ten serious injuries as a result of vehicle crashes in their jurisdiction of the municipality.

The OPP says in Chatham-Kent, there have been 761 vehicle crashes on the roads they patrol, including the Hwy. 401, resulting in ten deaths and 214 serious injuries over the last four years.