Operation Crossroads targets intersection safety

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Intersection safety is the focus of this month’s traffic safety blitz, which runs province-wide on August 21 and 22.

Law enforcement will be on the lookout for motorists or pedestrians violating traffic laws at intersections, such as failing to yield to pedestrians or oncoming traffic, disobeying stops signs or traffic lights, or jaywalking.

“More than 40 per cent of all collisions in the province take place at intersections,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “Collisions are preventable, so make sure you follow the rules of the road and devote your full attention to driving. Your life could depend on it.”

In 2012, there were more than 11,000 collisions at intersections across the province, resulting in 33 deaths and nearly 4,000 injuries.

A Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) event will take place in Regina in conjunction with Operation Crossroads. STEP is an SGI-sponsored, multi-police agency traffic safety enforcement event.

The last Operation Crossroads blitz took place in February and resulted in a total of 422 tickets. July’s province-wide blitz, Operation Heads Up, Buckle Up, focused on pedestrian safety and seatbelt use and resulted in a total of 304 tickets.

Organizations: SGI, RCMP

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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