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Media Release: QRTC’s “Safe on 62” Enforcement Initiative

Distributed on behalf of the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition                                                

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/ June 20, 2022

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is working to ‘put the brakes’ on motor vehicle collisions this summer. In 2021 alone, the OPP responded to 228 collisions along Highway 62. This week, QRTC partners will be working together to monitor the Highway 62 corridor and encourage safe driving practices. Throughout the summer, the partners will continue to work to prevent the ‘Big Four’ road safety issues that are the main contributors to motor vehicle collision injuries and deaths – distracted driving, alcohol/drug impaired driving, aggressive driving and lack of seatbelt use.

The QRTC is reminding local motorists that vehicle collisions are preventable, and that each of us has a role to play in this prevention. As you travel this summer, ensure that you:

  • plan for a safe ride home if you intend to use substances,
  • always wear your seatbelt,
  • put your phone/device away and out of reach while driving, and
  • respect the speed limits.

If you’re a passenger, you have a role to play in keeping roads safe. If you notice the driver engaging in any of these behaviours, speak up!

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, East Region Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Lennox and Addington, 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.

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For more information, contact:

S/Sgt. John Hatch                                                       S/Sgt. James Locke
Prince Edward County OPP                                       Central Hastings OPP
Staff Sergeant                                                             Staff Sergeant
613-476-2151                                                             613-473-4234

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