OPP laid 6,686 charges over Canada Day long weekend

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According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Canada Day Long Weekend ended up taking a tragic turn on and off the road for some families.

The OPP responded to four fatal motor vehicle collisions resulting in five deaths, including the deaths of two motorcyclists. The deceased, all males, ranged from 26 to 61 years of age.

While the OPP stated they were “relieved to report zero boating deaths,” OPP officers did respond to three drownings over the weekend. All three victims were males between 25 and 37 years old.

The OPP also reported one fatal off-road vehicle incident in which a 21-year-old male died. 

Among the OPP’s efforts to keep people safe, the OPP conducted a long weekend Aggressive Driving Campaign, laying more than 8,800 traffic charges, 1,897 of which were laid in the East Region. Among the charges were:

Province East Region
Stunt racing18029
Hazardous moving violations573123
Seat belt418111
Distracted driving11624
Alcohol/drug-impaired driving9613

The OPP wishes to remind Ontarians and tourists to make safety their number one priority when travelling on roads and enjoying trails and waterways.

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