Canada Road Safety Week took place May 17 to 23, 2022. Despite the advance notice the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) shared ahead of their traffic safety campaign, OPP laid 9,292 traffic charges during that week.
According to a release from the OPP, officers maintained a strong presence on roads across the province during the six-day campaign, responding to 935 collisions, three of which were fatal and the majority of which were preventable.
“Aggressive drivers wreaked havoc on roads, with 8,020 speeding charges and 138 stunt driving/racing charges laid,” OPP said.
OPP shared the following breakdown of other charges that were the focus of the campaign:
- Impaired driving: 216
- Distracted driving: 177
- Careless driving: 151
- No seatbelt: 632 (charges apply to both drivers and passengers)
- The balance of the charges were the result of other driver actions and behaviours that jeopardized the safety of road users.
“The results of this campaign reflect a firm commitment on the part of our officers and our valued policing partners to keeping our roads safe,” said Thomas Carrique, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police. “I am proud of their ongoing dedication to saving lives and their zero tolerance of drivers whose poor driving behaviours jeopardize the safety of innocent road users.”
The OPP stated that they remain committed to saving lives on roads, waterways and trails.