We are coming up on the Thanksgiving long weekend, and that means extra police officers on the highways, making sure motorists are obeying the rules of the road.
OPP will be looking for what they call the “Big 4.” That’s distracted drivers, impaired and aggressive drivers, and ensuring proper use of seat belts.
So far this year, officers have investigated 227 road deaths, with the Big 4 factoring in 170 of them.
Speeding and distracted driving led the way, each having played a role in 48 road deaths.
OPP are also approaching the end of their annual fall seat belt campaign, and have already laid nearly 5, 000 charges for drivers or passengers who were not properly strapped in.
“We don’t want people getting injured or killed because of this high-risk driving behavior. If you see anybody out there who you think might be impaired, please call 9-1-1. We will get officers in position to investigate and if appropriate, take these drivers off the road before they kill someone.” – OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt