Speeders Drive Road Deaths Up; OPP To Crack Down
Orillia, ON - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is pointing to speeding drivers
as the number one cause in road fatalities so far this year, with the death toll
in this category 76 per cent higher than this time last year.
As of June 26, 2017 speeding has been linked with 30 road deaths on OPP-patrolled
roads, compared to 17 in 2016. ;
Excessive speed continues to threaten the safety of other road users with more than
1,400 charges so far this year laid by the OPP against drivers clocked at 50 km/h
or more over the posted speed limit.
During the Canada Day long weekend, OPP officers throughout the province will set
their sights on speeding and all other forms of aggressive driving. These behaviours
include following too closely, unsafe passing and lane changes, failing to yield
right-of-way, road rage and other dangerous, high-risk driving behaviours.
"For some drivers, instances of speeding and other forms of aggressive driving are
frequent and for others, they are part of their everyday driving behaviour. Last
year, our officers laid more than 240,000 speeding charges against drivers who took
the lives of other road users into their own hand s." - OPP Deputy Commissioner
Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support
"Aggressive driving-related deaths have dramatically increased in Ontario in the
last year. We all have a responsibility to ensure our roads are safe. This long
weekend, remember to slow down, drive safely and respect your fellow motorists."
- Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
"Even one life lost to reckless or dangerous driving is one life too many. Excessive
speeding is completely unacceptable and I urge everyone travelling on the roads
this Canada Day Long Weekend to slow down and stay safe. We take our work with our
enforcement and other road safety partners to save more lives seriously and remind
everyone of the real-life consequences of street racing - all drivers who put others
on the road at risk by driving aggressively - could face a jail term of up to six
month, fines of up to $10,000 and prolonged licence suspension upon conviction.
- Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
Aggressive driving and road rage
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