OPP report an increase in road deaths so far this year
Ahead of national Canada Road Safety Week, Police report that poor and careless driving behaviours have contributed to the majority of the 107 fatalities on OPP patrolled roads so far this year. It's a motor vehicle fatality rate the OPP has not seen in 10 years.
Not since 2012 has the number of people killed in road collisions reached the 100 mark by the second week of May.
Two driving behaviours stand out in this year's preventable road deaths. Fatalities linked to driver inattention are up 79 per cent over this time last year, with the loss of 25 lives to date. There were 14 such deaths last year at this time.
Alcohol/drug-related fatalities are also up, with the 15 people killed marking a 36 per cent increase over last year's 11 deaths at this time.
At 27, speed-related fatalities are not far off last year's mark and continue to take the greatest toll among the poor driving behaviours.
The OPP say they will join national policing partners to conduct robust enforcement/education this weekend to help the motoring public to adopt and maintain safe road behaviours.