OPP’s Canada Day traffic initiative resulted in over 2,000 charges in East Region

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More than 2,000 charges were laid by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers across East Region during the Canada Day traffic initiative, which ran from Friday, Jun. 21 to Monday, Jul. 1, 2024.

According to a release from the OPP, the initial charges, totalling 2,412, include:

  • Speeding – 1,309
  • Stunt driving – 47
  • Impaired driving – 87
  • Distracted driving – 24
  • Seatbelt charges – 134
  • PFD/Life jacket charges (marine) – 32
  • Helmet charges (off road vehicles) – 11

“The remainder of the charges fall under the Highway Traffic Act, Liquor Licence Act, Off Road Vehicles Act, Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act and Canada Shipping Act,” the OPP said. “Officers also issued nearly 900 warnings.”

The OPP noted that this number may increase as additional reports are added.

“The number of violations our officers saw during this period is disturbing, particularly when it comes to seatbelts, life jackets and helmets. We all know they can save lives. As for speeding, we also know the severity of collisions increases with higher speeds,” stated Inspector Walid Kandar, OPP East Region Traffic & Marine Manager

According to the release, officers across OPP East Region will be out all summer, working to ensure safety on our highways, trails and waterways.

“Please do your part,” OPP stated.

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