Over the Thanksgiving weekend, four people lost their lives in separate motor vehicle collisions on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads. One boater was also killed over the long weekend, which saw OPP and Canadian Policing partners conducting their annual Operation Impact campaign.
According to a media release, the OPP laid 7,953 charges during the national traffic enforcement initiative.
“Speeding was the most prevalent traffic violation, with 4,829 speeding charges and 86 stunt driving/racing charges laid,” the OPP recounted. “Drivers (and some passengers) were fined for 283 seatbelt offences. One hundred and thirty-one impaired driving and 60 distracted driving charges were among the serious offences for which drivers were held to account over the four-day campaign.”
The OPP remind motorists that traffic laws are designed to prevent collisions, injuries, and fatalities, and that they are only effective if drivers comply with them.
“The OPP is committed to its Provincial Traffic Safety Strategy and its overall goal of saving lives on roads, waterways, and trails,” police said.