Waterloo Regional Police have launched their 2020 Road Safety campaign. This includes increased RIDE programs, more presence in high complaint areas, an increased focus on rural enforcement and more. Police say last year a total of 758 impaired driving charges were laid and that alcohol was a contributing factor in six fatal collisions. Last year they also arrested 102 drug impaired drivers. Speed was a big problem too. Speeding and aggressive driving was a contributing factor in eight of the 16 fatal collisions in 2019.
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- Of the 16 fatal collisions in Waterloo Region in 2019, 15 of them (94 per cent) were linked to one or more of the Fatal Four offences.
- In 2019, impaired driving was a contributing factor in six fatal collisions on Regional roadways. A total of 758 impaired driving charges were laid in 2019, compared to 748 in 2018.
- Drug impaired driving incidents continue to be a growing concern on area roadways, with drug impaired arrests in 2019 hitting the highest levels on local record. Officers arrested 102 offenders for impaired driving by drug in 2019 compared to 69 in 2018. This is a 48 per cent increase year over year, and a 161 per cent increase since 2015.
- Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviours are continually the most dangerous driving behaviours encountered on Waterloo Region roads and in 2019 was a contributing factor in eight of the 16 fatal motor vehicle collisions.
- Properly used occupant restraint systems are the most effective method of reducing injuries and death in a collision. In 2019, three fatal collisions involved failure to wear a seatbelt.
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