Motorists may have the upcoming long weekend on their radar, but police will be focused on how those motorists are handling themselves on the highways.
Operation Impact launches on Friday, an annual campaign which targets aggressive, impaired and distracted driving, as well as those not wearing their seat belts.
Stats released earlier this week show 1,507 people died on OPP patrolled roads between 2011 and 2015, and most of those deaths were preventable.
The report also revealed:
-alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in 321 deaths
-speeding played a role in 366 of those deaths
-inattentive driving was a factor in 408 deaths
-failure to wear a seat belt was a factor in 335 of those deaths
In Toronto, police report 59 fatal collisions to date, compared to 50 at the same time last year. There were a total of 65 fatal crashes in 2015.
Also from Toronto police:
Children under the age of 12 should be in the back seat. It’s always the safest place for them, especially if your vehicle is equipped with a supplemental restraint system (SRS), otherwise known as airbags.
Intersections are particularly dangerous for motorists. In 2006 almost 29% of victims fatally injured and 40% or those seriously injured sustained their injuries in intersection-related crashes.
Excess or inappropriate speed was cited as a contributing factor for more than 27% of fatally injured road users and almost 19% of victims seriously injured during 2006.
Aggressive drivers often engage in a combination of high-risk road use behaviours – non-use of seat belts, drinking and driving and speeding. The results of these behaviours are often catastrophic for all involved road users.
“Tragically, most of these fatalities are directly linked to poor behaviours on the road and these are the ones that are preventable. 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. Passengers also have a role to play by buckling up every single time and dissuading drivers who engage in these dangerous behaviours and jeopardize their safety”. – OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
“Thanksgiving weekend should be a time for families to get together and enjoy one another’s company. Unfortunately, too often drivers are distracted by what’s going on in their vehicle, by cellphones or other events. It’s important that Ontario motorists never drive impaired, and exercise caution when on the roads.” – David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) October 7, 2016