Canada’s Road Safety Week
May 15th to May 21st, 2018
This year, May 15th to May 21st is designated as Canada’s Road Safety Week. Ontario’s police leaders today launched the 2018 Drive Safe! This year’s campaign theme is campaign theme of “Who is in Control?” of vehicles with a strong “I am!” The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) kicked off its annual road safety campaign during Canada Road Safety Week by unveiling a new information road safety booklet featuring:
Driver over-reliance on automatic safety systems versus being fully vigilant of road and traffic conditions;
Impaired and distracted driving;
Distraction due to in-car and mobile technologies, and
Ride-sharing services and personal/public safety issues.
Ontario’s police leaders are also warning the public that the legalization and regulation of cannabis requires motorists to have extra care on the roads.
“Drug impaired driving is already an issue. With legalization and regulation of cannabis, we expect that based on the experience in other jurisdictions, drug impaired driving will increase,” said Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox (Ontario Provincial Police), OACP Traffic Committee Co-Chair. “This is not a new issue to police. We are already dealing with it and have people trained as Drug Recognition Evaluators (DREs) and to conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST).”
The OACP notes that while Provincial and Federal legislation has and is being developed that will act as a deterrent and provide police with powers to investigate and arrest drug impaired drivers, it is unclear how legalization will impact police from a day to-day operational perspective, including how it will affect police agencies’ budgets.
Ontario police leaders remain concerned that federal funding for police to deal with the anticipated impact of legalized cannabis may not be sufficient when it comes to police training, procurement, and operational needs moving forward.
The Drive Safe! Campaign supports the efforts of police services that promote road safety throughout the year.
For more information on the Provincial effort see the OACP website at www.oacp.on.ca