5 drivers charged in RCMP road safety blitz
Operation Impact 2022 results in suspensions, charges in Iqaluit; effort part of a national campaign
Five Nunavut drivers were charged with impaired driving and six others were handed alcohol-related roadside suspensions from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10 as part of a Canada-wide public awareness campaign aimed at road safety, Nunavut RCMP said in a release Monday.
The four-day blitz was part of Operation Impact 2022, which included Nunavut police as well as police forces across the country.
RCMP detachments in participating Nunavut communities ramped up patrols and their focus on driving infractions during the traffic safety blitz, Sgt. Pauline Melanson of Iqaluit RCMP said in an interview.
Officers were stationed at 42 vehicle checkpoints throughout the campaign and 1,030 vehicles were stopped and checked.
Over the course of the four days, officers dedicated a total of 173 hours to enforcement as part of Operation Impact, which is an annual road safety initiative organized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
In their local campaigns, police focus on educating drivers and enforcing laws related to impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving and wearing seatbelts.