Calgary, AB,

Operation Impact - Drive to save lives

Beginning today, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 through to Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, the Calgary Police Service will begin their participation in Operation Impact, a national public awareness campaign aimed at making Canada's roads the safest in the world. All enforcement agencies across the country have been invited to participate with a goal to increase public compliance with safe driving measures to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

The focus of Operation Impact will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk, including:

  • impaired driving
  • lack of seat belt use
  • aggressive driving
  • distracted driving

So far this year there have been 11 traffic-related fatalities on Calgary roadways. Five of these involved alcohol.

"This long weekend, Calgary Police Service officers will do all they can to ensure our roads are safe. Now, it’s up to drivers to make the right choices and to put their priorities in the right places,” says Steve Ellefson, Acting Inspector, Traffic Section. “It could be one more thing families and friends can be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend. That is why we are urging all Calgarians to join this year’s “drive to save lives.” Your choices behind the wheel are what truly make the difference.”

Operation Impact is organized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), under the leadership of the CACP Traffic Safety Committee, in support of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025.