P.E.I. traffic fatalities by year

2007: 6

2008: 19

2009: 11

2010: 10

2011: 15

2012: 13

2013: 12 (to date)

Extra police officers will be patrolling Island highways this weekend, as part of "Operation Strike Two."

RCMP on P.E.I. say the enforcement blitz will target people not wearing seatbelts, or using their cell phones while driving.

Const. Jeff Gillis says checkpoints will be set up in areas across the province.

"Those are the two primary things that are 100 per cent preventable that cause the most damage and injuries on the highways — talking on the cell phone, driving without your seatbelt. If people see the checkpoint and shut off their phone, that is effective enforcement. Like they didn't get a fine, didn't get a ticket but the enforcement activity curbed their behaviour. And they might remember it down the road and you never know when there's going to be another checkpoint down the road," said Gillis.

He says police will also be watching for other violations such as drunk driving and speeding.

So far this year, 12 people have died in crashes on Island roads.