Amherst Police, RCMP to step up safety efforts

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During Canada Road Safety Week

Police will be conducted additional checkpoints beginning Tuesday as part of Canada Road Safety Week.

Police will be conducted additional checkpoints beginning Tuesday as part of Canada Road Safety Week. Both Amherst Police and RCMP will be looking for distracted and aggressive driving, impaired drivers and enforcing seat belt use.

AMHERST – Amherst Police and the Cumberland RCMP will support Canada Road Safety Week with focused enforcement in impaired driving, seat belt use and all aspects relating to distracted or aggressive driving.

May 13 to 19 is Canada Road Safety Week, a national campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

“The campaign is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority,” Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Police Department said.

The focus will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk. These are: impaired driving, seat belt use, and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving.

“The deaths, pain and broken hearts that result from carelessness behind the wheel can be

prevented. Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this initiative and asking motorists to choose safe behaviours while travelling on our roadways, whether you are driving or a passenger,” Const. Travise Dow of the Cumberland RCMP said.

It is incumbent upon the police and the public to work together to ensure that

Canada’s roadways are the safest in the world.

During the week there will be increased check points, not only as part of the focused enforcement, but as a way to raise public awareness to make Canada’s roads the safest.

Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Transport Canada and is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2015, which has a goal of making Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2015.

Organizations: Amherst Police Department, Canada Road Safety Week, RCMP Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Transport Canada

Geographic location: Canada Road

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  • Doug.P
    May 12, 2014 - 13:42

    It isn't any coincidence that these "behaviors that put drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk" are things that a police officer can police with his butt firmly in his patrol car parked behind a bush. Stepping up the prosecution of victimless crime will eventually put the Amherst Police in the same boat as the now dissolved Springhill force. Ticketing cell phone users, speeders and non seat belt wearers is why we pay far too much for policing. Police need to focus on criminals, not citizens whose habits tend to offend or annoy other citizens.

  • dmacm
    May 12, 2014 - 05:31

    IMO The police should add - driving vehicle without licence plates, running stop signs and speeding to their list. Another item that baffles me is why police do not crack down on the habit of drivers waving other drivers to make left hand turns at traffic lights in Amherst. There is a statute in the Highway Traffic code for Nova Scotia dealing with 'unsafe' left hand turns and this 'wave thru courtesy' although seemingly nice, is no defence in case of an accident. Drivers are lulled into a state of complacency with this 'wave thru' and do not take pedestrians into account as they see the wave as full permission to proceed through the intersection. Also, people appear to look at the 'wave thru' as expected and make a left hand turn in front of opposing traffic automatically when the light goes from red to green. This 'wave thru' is an unsafe action prevalent in and almost unique to, Amherst