Canada Road Safety Week 2020: Shifting Gears

Today (May 12) marks the beginning of Canada Road Safety Week, a 7-day national campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

Canada Road Safety Week is an enforcement-driven initiative led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and more specifically by the CACP’s Traffic Safety Committee. It is designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures in order to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

In 2020, Canada Road Safety Week takes place from Tuesday May 12th to Monday May 18th.

The focus of this campaign continues to be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users at risk. Despite the fact that most drivers claim to be aware of the laws and regulations related to impaired driving, distracted driving and aggressive driving, many do not appear to fully understand the various behaviours that define each of these infractions and, if they do, some continue to break the rules. This is why this year’s campaign theme is about “Shifting Gears”. We are encouraging Canadians to “think differently” about problematic driving behaviours by broadening their understanding of the rules. We are also inviting them to acknowledge the bad habits they may not have realized they had and to “change their driving behaviours” accordingly.

While traffic on Canada’s roads may be reduced due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for Canada Road Safety Week remains relevant. Anecdotally, some police services have seen an increase in the number of impaired driving, speeding and road racing incidents in their communities. This is not a trend we want to see across the country.

The Peterborough Police Service is proud to be participating in this year’s Canada Road Safety Campaign. While this public safety initiative is part of a national effort to help advance Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world, we are confident that our local efforts will help make the roads here in Peterborough, the Village of Lakefield and in the Township of Monaghan among the safest in Canada.