Canada Day Week traffic campaign sees seven fatalities, 11,014 charges

File photo by First Response Media.

Every summer, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) runs a Canada Day Week safety campaign. This year’s campaign ran from Thursday, Jun. 27 to Sunday, Jul. 5, 2020.

During this year’s weekly campaign, five people died in motor vehicle collisions and two were killed in boating accidents. The causes of the marine deaths were falling overboard, and collision with another vessel.

Province Wide Statistics:

Offense# of charges
Stunt Driving382
Alcohol/Drug Impairment234
Distracted Driving196
Non-Compliance with safety laws (life jackets, seatbelts, helmets)783

Members of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachments, Highway Safety Division, and Marine Units across the East Region laid 2,226 traffic related charges. These charges are reflected in the Province Wide table above.

Among the charges were:

Offense# of charges
Stunt Driving68
Hazardous Moving Violations344
Impaired by Drugs or Alcohol42
Distracted Driving24
No helmet (motorcycle, bicycle, and off road)6

Every summer the Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) participate in the same Canada Day Week traffic safety campaign over the Canada Day holiday.

Frontenac OPP members laid the following charges between Thursday, Jun. 27 and Sunday, Jul. 5, 2020. These charges are reflected in the Province Wide table above.

Offense# of charges
Stunt Driving9
Distracted Driving1
Alcohol in Motor Vehicle1
Impaired Driving by Alcohol3
Impaired Driving by Drug1
Impaired by Alcohol – Off Road Vehicle2
No Helmet – Off Road Vehicle1

The Lennox and Addington detachment of the OPP laid 240 traffic related charges over the same week, June 27 to July 5, 2020.

“L&A County OPP officers did a great job on our roadways, identifying and charging aggressive, impaired, and distracted drivers in order to enhance public safety. Though I am extremely pleased that they did not need to investigate any fatal motor vehicle collisions, it is concerning that we are able to lay nearly 240 charges for various offences. We remind all motorists to slow down, not to drink and drive, and stay off their electronic devices, as these are often the cause of, or a factor, in motor vehicle collisions,” said Inspector Scott Semple, Commander of L&A County OPP

L&A County charges are broken down in the following chart, and are reflected in the Province Wide table above:

Offense# of charges
Stunt Driving10
Hazardous Moving Violations33
Distracted Driving5
Impaired by Drugs or Alcohol4
Other criminal driving charges4
Suspensions and other provincial charges2

“OPP members will be on the highways, trails and waterways all summer, working to ensure everyone’s safety,” Inspector Dave Tovell, Manager of OPP Traffic and Marine Programs in eastern Ontario said. “The bottom line is wearing your PFD, seatbelt and helmet can prevent an incident from becoming a tragedy.”

The OPP would like to thank all Ontarians who helped keep roads, trails, and waterways safe during Canada Day week. 

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