Over 8,000 Charges Laid On Ontario Roads On The Long Weekend

Posted: 2019-08-09 07:25:10 By: hbr

Police say that despite letting drivers know about their Move Over Campaign ahead of the long weekend, OPP laid 355 charges against drivers who were in a position, but failed to slow down and, when safe to do so, change lanes for emergency vehicles and tow trucks parked on the roadside.

Aggressive drivers dominated the traffic offence categories, with officers laying 4,837 speeding charges and 148 stunt driving/racing charges. Speed violations accounted for more than half of the 8,377 traffic charges issued by the OPP over the long weekend.

Two men were killed in separate motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads. Driver inattention and excessive speed were reported as the primary causes in the incidents.    

The weekend was cut short for two other men, who were killed in separate off-road vehicle collisions. The OPP reported loss of control and excessive speed as primary causes and alcohol being a factor in one of the incidents.