Ontario Provincial Police will be highly visible this weekend hoping to keep collisions/fatalities to a minimum

179 people have been killed on OPP-patrolled roads this year

Careful as you go this long weekend.

OPP say 179 people have died this year in 165 collisions on OPP patrolled roads.

”For so many of the innocent people killed in these collisions, there’s a driver whose careless behaviour contributed to this senseless loss of life and the lifelong impact left with the surviving families. This is what our officers are thinking about when they issue you that ticket for speeding or breaking other traffic laws, and so should you. With children and other students travelling to and from school on foot, riding a bike, on a bus or other vehicle beginning next week, please slow down, don’t drive impaired and pay full attention to the road, sidewalks and crosswalks.”

Chief Superintendent Rohan Thompson, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division

Speed was a contributing factor in 32 of this year’s fatalities. Twenty-eight of the deaths were linked to driver inattention and 28 involved alcohol and/or drugs. Lack of seat belt use – a behaviour attributed to both drivers and passengers – accounted for 34 deaths.      

Twenty-eight were killed in motorcycle collisions…compared to 17 to this point last year – failing to yield right of way was the lead contributing factor

Also up from 2019 are pedestrian fatalities at 27, compared to 21 deaths last year. Six cyclists have also lost their lives this year after being struck by vehicles.