Police across Nova Scotia will set up road checkpoints this weekend to monitor speeds and keep the province’s highways safe. This year, excessive speed has been a factor in more than half of the fatal collisions on the province’s roads. That is higher than the rate of one in every three deaths over the past five years. “There’s never a good reason to put your safety or your passengers’ safety in peril,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell. “Our highways are safe, and drivers can make them even safer by simply slowing down. It’s a basic fact — speed kills.” Police will be out in full-force from Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3, to check for excessive speed and to remind drivers of the dangers of driving too fast. The checkpoints are part of a program called Operation Road Safety. “We’re sending a message to motorists this weekend that excessive speed and other dangerous behaviours will not be tolerated,” said Sgt. Michael Spearns of the Halifax Regional Police. “This weekend you’ll see police cruisers from Yarmouth to Halifax to Sydney, enforcing the rules of the road.” “Paramedics want drivers to use every caution on the road this long weekend,” said Michael McKeage, a paramedic, and vice president of operations at Emergency Health Services. “Wear your seatbelt, never drink and drive, and please slow down.” Nova Scotia is working toward benchmarks set by Road Safety Vision 2010, a national plan to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. Operation Road Safety helps the province and police work toward reaching those benchmarks. Nova Scotia’s road safety advisory committee helps government develop road safety priorities and programs. The committee includes members of not-for-profit organizations, government, industry, police and others.