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Thanksgiving Weekend Blitz Underway - OPP

Posted: 2019-10-11 09:36:52 By: hbr

The OPP will start the annual Operation Impact traffic campaign this long weekend. From October 11th to October 14th, officers will be specifically targeting the "Big 4" offences to reduce injuries and deaths on Ontario's roads and trail systems.

The "Big Four" consists of alcohol/drug impaired, speeding, distracted driving, and lack of occupant restraints. These high-risk behaviours account for the majority of motor vehicle collision fatalities and are completely preventable.

As officers prepare to police some of the heaviest traffic volumes of the year, they are reporting 216 fatal motor vehicle collisions that have claimed the lives of 239 people so far this year. Heading into the Thanksgiving Long Weekend, motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads sit at 53,036, up from last year when collisions had reached 52,676 by this time.

Again this year, the OPP say preventable deaths account for a significant number of the fatalities. Speed is the lead causal factor to date with 46 deaths attributed to this aggressive driving behaviour. Lack of seat belt use among drivers and passengers accounts for 44 fatalities.

Driver inattention has been linked to 42 deaths and 33 people died in crashes that involved alcohol and/or drugs.