August 1, 2015


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RCMP to target distracted, impaired driving this weekend

RCMP officers won’t be taking it easy this Thanksgiving weekend.

Officers across rural Manitoba will taking part in a national campaign called Operation Impact to "aggressively enforce" laws against high-risk driving behaviour.

Members of the Brandon Police Service kick off Operation Impact during the Thanksgiving weekend last year.

TIM SMITH / BRANDON SUN ARCHIVES

Members of the Brandon Police Service kick off Operation Impact during the Thanksgiving weekend last year.

The four-day campaign begins today, and coincides with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend when more people are travelling and crashes are more frequent. Officers will be conducting extra patrols and have checkstops planned in selected locations, targetting things like impaired driving, speeding, talking or texting on cellphones while driving and not using seatbelts.

In rural Manitoba this year, 79 people have died in traffic collisions.

"It takes a split-second to make a smart decision, the same amount of time it takes for a deadly collision to occur," said Chief Superintendent Scott Kolody, the RCMP officer in charge of criminal operations for Manitoba.

"RCMP officers will be on the roads for the long weekend to help keep the roadways safe for all Manitobans, but it all begins with the decision made by one person. Please make it the right one."

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