RCMP Ramping Up Patrols Over Holiday Long Weekend

A national enforcement campaign to target high-risk driving behaviour will begin today.

Operation Impact is being carried out by police agencies across the country, including Manitoba’s RCMP. The four-day campaign — running October 5-8 — will aggressively enforce the laws of the road over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Officers will be out looking for impaired driving, speeding, talking or texting on cell phones while driving, and motorists not using seat belts.

“Our members will be keeping a close eye on the highways this weekend,” said Inspector Joanne Keeping of Manitoba RCMP Traffic Services. “Our goal is to educate the public on safe driving behaviors and ensure that everyone stays safe while traveling to visit family and friends this weekend.”

According to police, 75 people have already been killed on Manitoba roads this year. Last year, three people were killed over the Thanksgiving long weekend.