Orillia, ON - With motorcyclists, off-roaders and boaters expected in large numbers
this long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is raising awareness of behaviours
and contributing factors that are common in deaths across all three of these seasonal
recreational driver/user classes.
(All data applies to 2018 in OPP-jurisdictions):
Driving too fast for the conditions (7), excessive speed (6) and alcohol
impairment (5) were the top contributing factors in last year's 36 motorcycle
deaths. Seven (7) of the deceased motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet.
More than half (10) of last year's 19 deceased off-ro ad vehicle drivers
were also not wearing a helmet. Alcohol and/or drugs were involved in at least eight
(8) of the fatalities. Losing control (7) and driving too fast for
the conditions (4) were the top driver actions reported in the deaths.
On the water, 22 of the 24 people who died in last year's boating/paddling
incidents were not wearing a life jacket. With falling overboard (11) and
capsized vessels (7) being the top primary causes in the deaths, life jacket
use may have reduced the number of boating deaths significantly. Alcohol and/or
drugs were involved in at least eight (8) of the fatalities.
"This long-weekend, we can all contribute to the safety on our roads, trails and
waterways by never operating a motor vehicle or boat while impaired by alcohol and/or
drugs. Our personal and public safety re lies on each and every one of us obeying
the speed limit, driving in accordance with weather, road and trail conditions,
and ensuring the use of helmets when riding a motorcycle and/or ATV and a lifejacket
while boating." - Thomas Carrique, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police
"Summer is a great time of the year to be outside and enjoy everything Ontario has
to offer with your friends and family. Be sure you put safety first this season.
ATV riders and motorcyclists should wear proper protective gear, while boaters need
to ensure they're wearing the correct life jacket. Whether on the trails or on the
waterways, be sure you respect the rules this summer." - Sylvia Jones, Solicitor
Did You Know?
The OPP Marine Program is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council for
Safe Boating Awareness Week (May 18-24, 2019).
Safe Boating Awareness Week
Motorcycle Safety in the Spring
Off-road Vehicle Safety