With Thanksgiving weekend ahead, RCMP in New Brunswick will be out on the roadways ensuring that motorists are traveling safely. The focus for the RCMP will be on impaired driving, seat belt use, the move-over legislation, and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving. This is due, in part, to the increase in motor vehicles collisions that have resulted in injuries so far this year.

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Sergeant André Pepin of the New Brunswick RCMP's Traffic Services said, “Within our service areas in New Brunswick, there have been 1117 motor vehicle collisions that have resulted in injuries in 2014. That’s about 15 per cent higher than this time last year. While these numbers don’t indicate a trend, they do reinforce the importance for us to continue to be vigilant to ensure motorists are putting their safety and the safety of others first by following the rules of the road.”

While there has been an increase in collision injuries so far in 2014, the number of fatal motor vehicle collisions is on par with last year which saw the lowest number of fatalities since 1956.

Other police forces across Canada will also be stepping up their patrols this weekend in recognition of Operation Impact, a coordinated effort to work toward the goal of Road Safety Strategy 2015 – making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

Operation Impact, which takes place this year from October 10 to 13, is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.