Monday, April 2, 2012
U.S. AND CANADIAN AGENCIES TIGHTENING ENFORCEMENT IN BORDER REGIONS Friday April 6- Sunday April 8, 2012
Major Christopher L. Cummings, Troop “A” Commander, announced today that troopers will be joining forces with law enforcement counterparts in Canada to improve road safety on both sides of the border during the upcoming Easter Weekend. Law enforcement agencies in New York, Ontario, and Quebec will be conducting extensive traffic enforcement initiatives all across the U.S – Canada border in order to promote safe driving behaviors. “The Safety Without Borders Initiative” was developed last year to improve safety in the border regions during holiday weekends which experience high traffic volume. Four major holiday weekends were targeted last year: Easter, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day. Not a single traffic fatality was investigated by the agencies in the border regions on either side of the border during any of the periods of enforcement.
“Borders are political creations, but the grief caused by traffic crashes is universal,” said Major Cummings. “We know that as traffic volume rises, the potential for crashes increases as well, and law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border are committed to prevent these tragedies.”
Troopers and police officers on each side of the border will focus on crash causing violations, especially speeding, impaired driving, and distracted driving - phone use, texting, as well as failure to wear safety restraints, which increases the severity of injuries sustained in crashes. In addition, drivers should adhere to move over laws, which protect police and other emergency workers on the roadways. During the Safety Without Borders effort last April, more than 1,100 tickets were issued during a single day. Commercial vehicles will also be subject to heightened inspection activity to ensure that vehicles entering the respective countries are in proper working order.
“The traffic laws are very similar and drivers can expect that they will be enforced equally, regardless of the state, province, country, or uniform,” said Major Cummings.