Wednesday, April 3, 2013

OPP Easter Long Weekend Wrap Up

(Dufferin County, ON) Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were highly visible throughout the province over the Easter long weekend keeping a watchful eye for drivers who drove impaired, distracted or aggressively.

A particular focus for the OPP was to put the onus for safe driving where it belongs… on drivers and passengers (16 years of age and older) by enforcing compliance with seat belt laws which is the first line of protection from serious injury or death as a result of collisions.

From March 29, 2013 through April 1, 2013 OPP traffic enforcement efforts has resulted in 10,998 motorist being charged with Highway Traffic Act offences including 1,587 seatbelt related charges, 6,989 speeding charges, 602 hazardous moving violations and 316 distracted driving charges. Further, 95 persons were charged with impaired driving type offences under the Criminal Code and 93 had their driver’s licences administratively suspended for driving while under warn-range for alcohol.

To keep the motoring public safe this past weekend the OPP focused on seat belt enforcement and other laws that pertain to high risk driving behaviour. This focus will continue for the OPP throughout 2013”, stated OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support. “While we are committed to doing our part, Ontarians need to adopt the mindset that keeping our roads safe has far more to do with the actions of drivers than the actions of police” he added.

There were two fatalities on OPP patrolled roadways and a further two fatalities in off road preventable mishaps over the weekend. A traffic collision in Northwestern Ontario (Ignace) between a tractor trailer and a pick up resulted in the death of the pickup driver; while in Caledon a pedestrian was killed when struck by a vehicle. Off road fatalities included a snowmobiler who struck a tree while not wearing a helmet coming off a lake in Haliburton and a person on an ATV who went through the ice in Mindemoya.