AMHERST – Emergency first responders from throughout Nova Scotia converged on the Amherst Fire Hall Thursday to kick off Operation Christmas, which encourages people to drive sober and drive safe, not only over the holidays, but for every day of the year.
“We welcome municipal police agencies from throughout Nova Scotia, representatives from RCMP detachments from throughout nova Scotia, EHS, fire services, motor vehicle inspectors, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and CN police that are here today to help us raise awareness about this annual campaign,” Const. Dal Hutchinson of the Cumberland District RCMP said.
Hutchinson introduced Amherst Deputy Police Chief, Ian Naylor, to say a few words to the gathering.
“We’ll do our part but we want Nova Scotians to do their part as well,” Naylor said. If you’re going to a function, plan ahead so you can get home. If you see a friend who is about to make a bad decision with regards to driving, speak up and take appropriate action. You may save lives.
“We can’t do this alone we need support from the public and we’re asking them to get on board with this campaign so everyone can have a safe holiday season with no tragic events on our highways,” Naylor added.
After the meeting at the fire hall the participants set up check points throughout Cumberland County and handed out information about Operation Christmas to commuters.