ON THE ROAD: NOT-AT-FAULT MOTORCYCLIST DEATHS ON THE RISE;
OFF-ROAD: LOSS OF CONTROL PRIMARY CAUSE IN DEATHS
OPP gear up for Provincial & National Traffic Safety Campaigns
Orillia, ON - With motorcycles and off-road vehicles expected in large numbers
over the Victoria Day Long Weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (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. Over and above marking a ten-year
high, what made last year's 48 motorcyclist deaths particularly tragic was the fact
that almost half (22) of the motorcycle drivers were not the at-fault driver. Among
the top contributing factors in the deaths were alcohol/drug impairment (6), improper
turn (6), excessive speed (5) and fail to yield (5).
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. The same number of deaths
occurred in 2016 with the same number of victims found without a helmet. The leading
primary cause was loss of control, with 15 of the fatalities being attributed to
this cause over the two-year period.
Ahead of its long weekend motorcycle and off-road vehicle safety initiatives, the
OPP is also taking part in the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police-led Canada
Road Safety Week. From May 15 to 21, 2018, the OPP and its Canadian policing partners
will conduct an education and enforcement campaign aimed at the Big Four causal
factors in road deaths (impaired, distracted and aggressive driving, lack of occupant
"Last year, the OPP saw the highest number of road fatalities in five years, with
343 people losing their lives. Regardless of where your travels take you this week
and over the weekend, please know that driving safely means driving the number of
road deaths way down. The OPP, our policing partners and the thousands of families
travelling on Ontario roads this week are counting on you to help make that happen."
- Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES, Ontario Provincial Police
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