Holiday weekend: Careful as you go

More than 200 people have died this year in collisions on OPP-patrolled roads

It’s a holiday weekend…the last one for 2019.

Lots of people will be on the move, some closing up the cottage, others visiting friends and relatives.

“Sadly, many innocent people of all ages pay the price with their lives because of drivers who ignore their responsibility to share the road safely. Before you head out this Thanksgiving Long Weekend, as a driver, please remember that every motorist, passenger, pedestrian and cyclist has the right to be safe and that safe roads start with you. As a passenger, always remember to wear your seat belt.”

— Deputy Commissioner Rose DiMarco, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support

OPP reminds everyone to travel safely. They report 239 people have died this year in collisions on OPP-patrolled roadways. Speed has been the biggest factor in those deaths (46), followed by non-use of seatbelts (44), driver inattention (42) and impairment (33).

And take note of this: Friday is the day of the week that marks the highest number of road deaths this year (42), followed by Saturday (37), Sunday (36) and Monday (33).