The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be watching out for aggressive drivers as Ontario highways and roads see high traffic volumes over the Canada Day long weekend.
During last year’s Canada Day Long Weekend, the OPP responded to 64 speed-related collisions, three of which resulted in the loss of life. In total, 7,393 speeding charges were laid over the four-day weekend.
“As you celebrate with your family and friends this Canada Day weekend, expect higher than normal volumes of traffic. This will require your full attention and patience on the road. Take your time, stay calm, and don’t allow other drivers to affect your judgment,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “Your actions will ensure everyone has a safe holiday.”
The OPP laid 215,060 speeding charges in 2018. Of the year’s 333 road deaths, 76 were attributed to speeding. Speeding offences accounted for more than half of the total 385,278 traffic charges last year, according to the OPP. Exceeding the posted speed limit, following too closely, erratic/unsafe lane changes, failure to obey traffic signs/signals, and road rage are all forms of aggressive driving.
“Whether you are driving a motor vehicle, an off-road vehicle or a boat this weekend, we are counting on you to be a safe driver and to help our officers keep people safe,” said OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.