Five deaths, thousands of traffic charges laid over Thanksgiving long weekend

Over 6,200 traffic-related offenses noted over the holiday weekend

A busy Thanksgiving weekend for the OPP which reported five deaths and over 6,200 traffic-related charges laid over the three-day holiday.

Among the lives lost were two children. Police say the pair lost their lives in a crash involving a horse and buggy. A teenager was among the others killed in separate collisions across Ontario. Police point out a motorcyclist was also among those killed, marking 38 motorcycle-related deaths this year compared to 23 this time last year.

So far this year, 231 people have died on OPP-patrolled roadways.

Among the over 6,200 charges laid, there were just under 4,800 speeding charges laid, along with 159 racing or stunt driving charges. The OPP laid 104 distracted driving charges and 92 impaired driving charges. Over 140 tickets were handed out to those failing to wear a seatbelt over the weekend.