Over the Thanksgiving long weekend, the Timmins Police laid two impaired driving charges and 29 speeding charges. Eighteen other various charges were laid, including for not having proper insurance. Officers were out taking part in Operation Impact, which focuses on dangerous driving with the goal of making Canadian roads the safest in the world.

Timmins Police Service Traffic Sergeant Tom Chypyha says the statistics are disappointing from a public safety point of view. He says the police warned drivers about this campaign and its goals, and calls it distressing that despite the obvious warnings, a high number of local drivers were being dangerous and risking public safety. He says there is still room for improvement.

However, the good news is no charges were laid because of drivers using cell phones or other electronic devices.