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Police Urge Motorists to Watch For Motorcyclists During Traffic Safety Blitz

Posted: 2018-05-16 13:23:54 By: hbr

With motorcycles and off-road vehicles expected in large numbers over the Victoria Day Long Weekend, the OPP is raising red flags on what its investigations reveal about these seasonal riders.          
Ahead of the weekend, the OPP is reminding road users about the historically tragic motorcycle season on OPP-patrolled roads last year. What made last year's 48 motorcyclist deaths particularly tragic was the fact that almost half of the motorcycle drivers were not the at-fault driver. 
Off the road, history repeated itself last year when nine (9) of the 22 off-road vehicle drivers who died were found not wearing a helmet. 
Ahead of its long weekend motorcycle and off-road vehicle safety initiatives, the OPP is also taking part in the Canada Road Safety Week. From May 15 to 21, 2018, the OPP will conduct an education and enforcement campaign aimed at the Big Four causal factors in road deaths - impaired, distracted and aggressive driving, lack of seat belt use.