CK police to target bad driving habits during road safety campaign

Chatham-Kent police cruiser parked at the traffic unit headquarters on Dillon Road. (Photo by Matt Weverink)

While the number of road-related deaths in Chatham-Kent decreased more than 60 per cent last year, police are hoping to cut that number even further.

In an effort to reduce fatalities during Canada Road Safety Week, the Chatham-Kent Police Service plans to focus on the four biggest factors that lead to death and serious injury as a result of collisions — impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving and seatbelt use.

“In 2017, we had an influx of fatalities on our roadways, it was a very, very bad year,” said Sergeant Matt Stezycki.

Stezycki said there were 14 deaths on Chatham-Kent roads in 2017, which decreased to five in 2018.

“With that said, however, five is too many. It is still too high and we’re working to reduce that number as best as possible [for this year],” he said.

During Canada Road Safety Week between May 14-20, Stezycki said officers hope to improve roadway safety through enforcement and education.