Traffic Unit

Traffic safety is a major priority for the Cornwall Police Service (CPS). Residents have a reasonable expectation to feel safe as they travel on the roadways and bike paths in our city.

Issues related to road safety have been recognized as extremely important in our community.

As part of the CPS' commitment to creating a safer Cornwall, a Traffic Safety Plan was developed in 2018 to assist in ensuring the safety of everyone on our roadways. This includes all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with our goal being to reduce the amount of injuries and collisions within our community. The Traffic Safety Plan includes both, educational and enforcement components, and will provide a foundation for safer roadways. In the plan, monthly traffic safety initiatives are carried out by the Traffic Unit, as well as Community Patrol Officers. 

October Traffic Initiative 

Operation Impact

OPERATION IMPACT

The Cornwall Police Service (CPS) will be participating in the National Road Safety campaign, Operation Impact, throughout the month of October. During the campaign, officers will be focusing on education and enforcement of the "Big 4":

 ·         Impaired driving

·         Seat belt violations

·         Aggressive driving

·         Distracted driving

This year's theme is “Safety Doesn't Happen By Accident” which emphasizes the role each of us has to play to support traffic safety on the streets and highways in our community. The campaign will once again focus on education and enforcement of impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs and fatigue, aggressive driving, distracted driving and the use of seat belts and child car seats. These are the main causes of death and injury on Canadian roadways. 

This national campaign occurs every year during the Thanksgiving holiday; however, the CPS will be continuing to enforce against these violations throughout the month of October.

“Operation Impact serves as a reminder to all drivers and passengers to consider their safety and the safety of others when they enter a motor vehicle,” said Staff Sergeant George Knezevic, Officer in Charge of the Community Patrol Division. “As part of this month’s initiative, our officers will be conducting high visibility enforcement to ensure the safety of all roadway users and pedestrians.”

Enhancing traffic safety is a major objective within the CPS Strategic Plan. As such, monthly safety initiatives have been developed to keep the public informed and promote safer roadways and bike paths. These initiatives will be carried out by the Traffic Unit, as well as Community Patrol Officers.

Last month, the CPS focused on back-to-school traffic safety as part of its monthly initiative. During the month of September, CPS officers issued 71 speed-enforcement violations, with a quarter of these violations occurring in school zones.

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