Image of an utterly destroyed vehicle wrapped around a tree.This weekend, DRPS launches Operation Impact, part of an annual, nation-wide traffic enforcement and education campaign aimed at saving lives and reducing injuries on roads.

Every year, the Thanksgiving weekend generates more roadway traffic than any other weekend in Ontario.

From October 9 to October 12, 2015, Durham Regional Police will be targeting impaired drivers, those who drive aggressively or while distracted, as well as those who are not compliant with seat belt and child restraint laws.

This initiative, run in collaboration with other police agencies across the country, has been strategically chosen by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to coincide with the upcoming, busiest weekend of the year.

Over the past five-and-a-half years, there have been 131 deaths related to vehicle collisions on roadways policed by Durham Regional Police. These numbers represent moms, dads, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers, and neighbours.

Members of the Traffic Services Unit, along with officers from each Division, will be watching for and enforcing safe driving laws this Thanksgiving weekend.

The DRPS will continue concentrate on roadway safety through targeted enforcement and enhancing public education and awareness.

Source: Durham Regional Police Service