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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mounties Conducting Road Safety Campaign

When you get behind the wheel, drive safe. 

That's the message that the RCMP is relaying during Canada Road Safety Week, an eight-day campaign where officers conduct extra check-stops and traffic operations to raise awareness about what leads to death on the road. 

Last year in this province, 60 people died in vehicle crashes and 33% of those crashes involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And where a seatbelt was available, 40% of people killed weren't wearing one at the time of the collisions. 

But Corporal Chantal Farrah wants you to look beyond the numbers: We have to remember these aren't just statistics, she says, these are people who have died in crashes, that in most cases were completely avoidable. Road Safety Week wraps up tomorrow.