Frenzied drivers the target of fall traffic blitz

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Police are targeting aggressive drivers during this month’s traffic safety blitz, Operation Fall Frenzy, taking place this Thursday and Friday.

The two-day, province-wide blitz will see law enforcement paying particular attention to violations like speeding, driving too fast for road conditions, running red lights, not stopping at stop signs, stunting, racing or passing to the right on a highway.

“There were more than 500 speeding tickets issued during last month’s blitz,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “Considering that excessive speed was a factor in nearly one-third of all fatal collisions in the province last year, isn’t it better to be a few minutes late than to end up killing yourself or another innocent road user in a crash?”

In 2012, aggressive driving contributed to more than 10,000 collisions in Saskatchewan, resulting in 92 deaths and more than 4,300 injuries.

Operation Fall Frenzy is being held in conjunction with Operation Impact, a four-day, Canada-wide blitz coordinated by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police that focuses on aggressive driving over the long weekend.

“Deterring aggressive driving by applying enforcement is only part of the solution,” said Chief Troy Hagen, President of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police. “The real battle is changing the mindset of every driver. You don’t own the road; you share it. Please slow down and obey the rules…lives do depend on it.”

Operation Fall Frenzy previously took place in October 2012 and resulted in a total of 1,079 tickets, including 620 aggressive driving violations.

Organizations: SGI, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada

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