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RCMP prepare for Canada Road Safety Week

Yellowknife, NWT – RCMP will be beefing up their presence on territorial roads this week as part of a national initiative.

Canada Road Safety Week is taking place across Canada leading up to the Victoria Day long weekend.

The Mounties will be on the look-out for dangerous driving behaviours like speeding and impaired driving.

Hay River RCMP Corporal Todd Scaplen heads up G Division Traffic Services.

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“Part of this campaign will also be focusing on distracted driving. It is a driving pattern and habit that people are just not willing to break. The unfortunate thing about being in a marked vehicle is that drivers are conscious to put down their phones or know that we’re in the area.”

Scaplen says over 1,100 vehicles were checked in the territory during Road Safety Week last year.

Eight people were charged with impaired driving.

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