OPP Kicking Off Operation Impact Traffic Campaign

Thursday October 10th, 2019

Posted at 9:09pm

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OPP are kicking off their annual operation impact traffic campaign this long weekend targeting the “Big 4” offences to reduce injuries and deaths on Ontario’s roads and trail systems.

The “Big Four” consists of alcohol/drug impaired, speeding, distracted driving, and lack of occupant restraints.

Police say that these high-risk behaviours account for the majority of motor vehicle collision fatalities and are completely preventable.

So far this year, OPP report 216 fatal motor vehicle collisions that have claimed the lives of 239 people.  Heading into the Thanksgiving Long Weekend, motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads sit at 53,036, up from last year when collisions had reached 52,676 by this time.

Speed is the lead causal factor to date with 46 deaths attributed to this aggressive driving behaviour. Lack of seat belt use among drivers and passengers accounts for 44 fatalities. Driver inattention has been linked to 42 deaths and 33 people died in crashes that involved alcohol and/or drugs.

Drivers account for 162 of those who died, 53 of the deceased were passengers while pedestrians make up 24 of the deaths. Those who are travelling by motor vehicle this weekend should take note that Friday is the day of the week that marks the highest number of road deaths this year (42), followed by Saturday (37), Sunday (36) and Monday (33).

 

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