A vast majority of over 1500 road deaths were preventable on highways patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police.
That’s what a new study released by the OPP says.
The problem driving offences between 2011 and 2015 were inattentive driving accounting for 408 road deaths, speeding with 336, failure to wear a seat belt a factor in 335 deaths, and alcohol and drugs contributed to 321 deaths.
“Tragically, most of these fatalities are directly linked to poor behaviours on the road and these are the ones that are preventable.” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair “Road safety is a collective effort. We need to see a complete shift in attitude on the part of drivers who do not take these risky behaviours seriously.”
The provincial agency is hoping to curb future numbers with several operations planned over the next year including “Operation Impact”. During the Thanksgiving long weekend, OPP units will target the four problem offences with the annual safety initiative.
“It’s an annual event that’s across the nation where we work with other policing partners” said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt. “We’re gonna be out there with enforcement, education, visibilty and taking calls from citizens who are seeing aggressive or possible impaired drivers”
TOLL FROM PREVENTABLE ROAD DEATHS REMAINS STUBBORNLY HIGH-
OPP Joins Canadian Policing Partners for Operation Impact-Media Release pic.twitter.com/kzSULvwISt
— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) October 4, 2016