‘Big 4’ Labour Day weekend for OPP

213 deaths on OPP-patrolled roads, waterways and trails so far this year

Labour Day long weekend and for the OPP this means a safety blitz with a focus on the “Big 4.”

This includes distracted driving, seatbelt compliance, impaired driving and speeding.

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says 213 people have died this year in collisions on highways, waterways or trails. He says it’s sad, tragic and absolutely preventable.

“Many of these collisions are happening because of aggressive driving, impaired driving and people not sharing the road,” says Schmidt.

He says with marine fatalities, it often has involved people falling from their vessels and not wearing life jackets. As for ATVs, in many cases, Schmidt says people have not been wearing the proper safety equipment.

Police are urging people who are going to be on the water this long weekend to wear a life jacket, a helmet if you are riding the trails, and to obey the rules of the road while in your vehicle.