Next week, from Monday, June 2 to Thursday, June 5, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers will be running a “Stop and Look” campaign. They will be focusing attention on intersection-related offences where drivers fail to stop or yield where required.
“Within Perth County, statistics indicate that one quarter of fatal collisions are a direct result of failing to stop or yield at intersections,” offered a news release about the campaign from the Sebringville-based detachment. “This percentage is similar for injury and property damage collisions at intersections within the County.”
During the four-day campaign, officers will focus their available time on all intersections; however, a number of specific intersections have been identified as target areas. The chosen intersections have been determined as a result of public complaints or because of high historic collision rates.
“Previous ‘Stop and Look’ campaigns have resulted large numbers of offence notices being issued, but this is not our focus,” explained Staff Sergeant Joel Skelding of the Perth County OPP. “We want to raise awareness of traffic controls at intersections and to encourage drivers to ‘Stop and Look,’ especially at Stop signs.
“Remember, don’t become a statistic.”