Stop the Excuses Campaign Results | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Stop the Excuses Campaign Results

From:   Quinte Region Traffic Coalition

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties / November 14, 2017 - The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition conducted a one day enforcement blitz reinforcing the hard lesson that speeding has consequences. Police laid 109 speeding charges to drivers throughout the region.

Despite awareness and educational efforts, many drivers continue to make excuses for driving over the speed limit.  According to Quinte West OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Christina Reive, officers have heard everything from “I left the stove on,” or “I was listening to a good song on the radio,” to “I was keeping up with the cars around me.” Reive added, “These excuses will land you a speeding ticket. Drivers need to slow down and adjust their driving to match the speed limit and weather conditions, to avoid a ticket and potential collision.”

In Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, the motor vehicle collision-related injury rate is significantly higher than the provincial average. These injuries can be prevented. “We hope the campaign results will encourage drivers to reflect on their driving and realize speeding is not worth the risk,” says Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Medical Resident, Dr. Piotr Oglaza.  “Even making a small reduction in your speed can make a difference and can help protect the safety of yourself and your loved ones”.

To help avoid speeding, follow these five easy tips before you head out the door:

  • Try not to overschedule your day
  • Prepare as much as you can the night before (i.e. lunch, gym bag, children’s items)
  • Plan for extra travel time and know your route
  • Check on road and weather conditions
  • Leave for work or school five minutes earlier

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About the QRTC

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, CN Police Service, Tyendinaga Police Service, OPP SAVE Team, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West OPP Detachments. The QRTC aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

For more information, contact:
Constable Dave Ludington
Quinte West OPP
QRTC Media Spokesperson
613-392-3561