Wednesday, July 17, 2024

OPP report ‘tragic Victoria Day long weekend’ on roads and waterways

Over what the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) called a “tragic Victoria Day long weekend,” across Ontario four people were killed in separate road collisions and three boaters lost their lives.

In a media release issued on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, the OPP stated it laid close to 14,700 traffic-related charges during Canada Road Safety Week, May 14 to 20, 2024. Officers reportedly issued 7,860 speeding charges across the province, over and above the 204 stunt driving/racing charges they laid against other aggressive drivers.       

According to the OPP, road users who “chose to not contribute to safe roads over the week-long national campaign” were also charged with:

  • Impaired driving – 254 charges
  • Distracted driving – 158 charges
  • Careless driving – 155 charges
  • No seatbelt – 901 charges (charges apply to drivers and passengers)

Other unlawful and unsafe moving violations, and driver actions and behaviour made up for the balance of the charges, the OPP reported.

In the East Region, OPP officers laid a total of 2,278 charges. In a separate media release issued on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, the OPP noted that the charges laid in East Region during the same time period include:

  • Speeding – 1,522 charges
  • Stunt driving – 41charges
  • Impaired charges – 55 charges
  • Careless driving – 19 charges
  • Distracted driving – 22 charges
  • Seatbelt charges – 96 charges

The remainder of the charges fall under the Highway Traffic Act, Liquor Licence Act, Off-Road Vehicles Act, Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, and the Canada Shipping Act, according to police.

The OPP said that officers will continue to focus throughout the summer on the “Big Four” factors in serious and fatal collisions: aggressive driving, inattentive driving, impaired driving, and lack of occupant restraints. This includes the major highways and all other roads.

A plane from the OPP Aviation Services provided an additional perspective for officers, resulting in numerous charges. According to the release, that plane will be back in the area over the summer months.

“This is not about the tickets and charges; it’s about modifying driver behaviours to make our roadways safer for everyone,” said Acting Inspector Chris Beechey, OPP East Region Traffic & Marine Manager.

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