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Police Make "Safety Without Borders" Push For Holiday Weekend

It was an international event Friday morning, all in the name of traffic safety. A holiday weekend combined with the start of spring makes the next three days, a focus for law enforcement.
Saint-bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec -

It was an international event Friday morning, all in the name of traffic safety.

A holiday weekend combined with the start of spring makes the next three days, a focus for law enforcement.

“As soon as the spring hits and the roads get clear, people tend to drive faster,” said Quebec Provincial Police Capt. Paul Leduc. We see an increase in collision where the main factor is speeding."

“Distracted driving accounts for 25% of the tickets written over a holiday weekend such as this,” said New York State Police Zone 1 Captain. Brent Gillam.

To make their point, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York State Police, and Toronto and Quebec Provincial Police honored their "Safety Without Borders" initiative on Friday morning just over the Canadian border.

“This has to do primarily with highway safety and saving lives and enforcing the laws and educating people on the need for driving safely,” said Capt. Gillam.

Police want to remind you of the rules of the road that, when broken, most commonly result in crashes.

Those are speeding, texting while driving, in some areas, using hand-held devices entirely, drunk driving, aggressive driving and the Move Over Law.

“So when a motorist sees a vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway, that motorist has to pull over and provide a safe distance between their car and the officer on the side of the roadway,” explained Capt. Gillam.

The border-hugging group of police says it works together constantly, sharing ideas that can make the U.S. to Canada commute safer.

“When you're dealing with traffic safety, the fact that you have to be a responsible driver, it does not stop at the border. Whether you're an American coming to Canada, you have to make sure that you respect the same laws and same thing for Canadians that go down to the United States,” said Capt. Paul Leduc.

Police say it will be increasing the number of patrols this holiday weekend.

One even made the point that more people on the road usually means more chances of crashes.


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