The Labour Day long weekend is in the books and it appears some motorists still aren’t getting the message about safety on the roads.
OPP says the number of charges has increased 4% over the same time last year.
Speeding – 5494 charges in 2015, compared to 4974 in 2014
Racing – in 77 charges in 2015, compared to 67 in 2014
Seatbelts – 464 charges in 2015, compared to 459 in 2014
Impaired – in 2015 there were 96 charges, compared to 91 in 2014
The focus for this latest blitz was distracted drivers. Although the number of charges handed out for that offence were down by 38% over the same time last year, OPP still laid 407 charges.
From January 1st to September 6, the number of collisions caused by distracted drivers rose by 20% over 2-14.
As well, police are also reporting there were 2 fatal crashes over the weekend which resulted in 4 deaths on OPP patrolled roads, and alcohol was a factor in both.
“These long weekend statistics are alarming. OPP officers will remain diligent in their efforts to make safety a priority on Ontario’s roads, trails and waterways. I encourage everyone to stay focused behind the wheel, and make smart decisions that could help save a life.” – Chief Supt. Chuck Cox, Acting Deputy Commissioner, Traffic Safety and Operational Support