If you are one of the thousands of people that will be traveling during Easter weekend you can expect to see an increased law enforcement presence.
Tuesday morning, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and New York State Police announced that ‘Safety Without Borders,’ an initiative that will increase law enforcement patrol along the U.S. Canadian border, will take place over the Easter holiday.
Travelers can expect to see an increased patrol from Friday, April 6th through Sunday, April 8th.
Troopers and police officers on both sides of the border will be focusing on crash causing violations, especially speeding, phone use including texting, impaired driving, as well as failure to wear safety restraints, and adhering to the Move Over laws.
“The OPP are really proud to be a part of this partnership,” said Inspector Dave Springer with the OPP. “This is an excellent opportunity for the New York State Police, Quebec Provincial Police and Ontario Provincial Police to partner and have a good cooperative to make sure that everyone arrives alive at the end of their weekend.”
Canadian law enforcement officials say they expect between 40,000 to 50,000 vehicles using the Canadian highways. New York State Police believe that number will be similar on the American side as well.
“The roadways and their inherent dangers are the same whether driving in Canada or the United States,” said Captain Darrin Pitkin, Zone Commander with Troop D. “Likewise, tragedies that result from unsafe driving behaviors cause problems for victims and their families on both sides of the border. This partnership with Canadian law enforcement is going to put a safety net on both sides of the border, where we are going to hold drivers accountable for these unsafe driving behaviors.”
Safety is the key word with the law enforcement partnership. During the last Safety Without Borders effort, more than 1,100 tickets were issued in a single day. Though there were many tickets issued, Inspector Springer says there was not one accident reported.
To find out more information about Safety Without Borders, and to hear from law enforcement agents from the New York State Police and the Ontario Provincial Police, watch the complete video story.