With the Canada Day long weekend coming up, the OPP have issued a reminder for drivers to stick to the rules of the road to avoid further fatalities.
As of June 26, there have been 128 fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads; four were recorded last weekend alone.
Extra officers will be out there watching for speeders, aggressive and impaired drivers as well as those not wearing their seat belts.
They will also be checking to make sure loads have been properly secured to the vehicles carrying them.
“Whether you are speeding, tail-gating, weaving in and out of traffic or accelerating when approaching a yellow traffic light, aggressive driving is a deliberate behaviour that costs people their lives every year. Ontario roads will be very busy this weekend and we are counting on all motorists to drive defensively and avoid all manners of risk so that all road users can travel safely.” – OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support
“As many of us begin our summer holidays, it is important that we all do our part to keep Ontario’s roads safe. Everyone wants to reach their destination without harm. Impaired, aggressive and distracted driving take the lives of far too many Ontarians every year. This summer I urge everyone to pay attention, be safe and respect the rules of the road and each other.” – David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services