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The Northwest Territories Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be involved with a national public awareness campaign to stop dangerous driving over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.

The Mounties issued a news release on Friday stating that G Division officers will be involved with Operation Impact 2020 to help prevent collisions, save lives, and reduce injuries on northern roads.

Between Oct. 9 and 12, police will focus on driving behaviours that put road users at risk like alcohol and drug use, fatigue, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and driving without a seat belt.

“This year we will target dangerous driving behaviours,” stated Cpl Sam Munden with the G Divisions’ traffic services. “Impaired, distracted and aggressive driving incidents are preventable and not worth the risk. Our officers will also reinforce the use of seat belts and child car seats.

“This can also include ATV and snowmobile operator checks in locations where the snow has begun to make its presence known.”

Police state that motor vehicle collisions account for about 2,000 deaths in Canada every year as well as 10,000 serious injuries. About 165,000 citizens received minor injuries from collisions in Canada this year.

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Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University...

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