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Police presence heightened for Canada Road Safety Week

Local police forces will be very active this week and long weekend as Canada Road Safety Week gets underway on Tuesday.

West Grey Police Constable Cory Trainor said officers all over Midwestern Ontario will be looking at targeting specific road safety issues.

“We’re looking at targeting texting and driving, impaired driving, seat belts and fatigued driving,” he said. “We’re going to make sure that everyone goes home safe over the next week and long weekend.”

Constable Trainor said police forces are using the hashtags #CRSW2019 and #DrivingForce to keep people updated on the campaign, which runs from Tuesday until Monday, May 20. Trainor said that police will be targeting texting and driving for good reason.

“You’re 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crashing compared to if you aren’t texting. The stats are going up and up, and the fines are increasing, as well,” he said.

In terms of what the public can do, Constable Trainor said everyone needs to be aware of the dangers and not put themselves, their passengers or other drivers at risk.

“Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of collisions, pain and deaths on our roadways, and police will be out there to enforce the laws. We want people to be safe, we want them to be cognizant of their surroundings,” he said.