It’s no secret that speeding is a major issue across the province, and police are always cracking down on drivers who speed.
Now, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have revealed just how many charges were laid against Ontario drivers in the span of a year.
In 2017, OPP laid a whopping 213,000 speeding charges and more than 4,800 street racing charges.
According to OPP, 75 people died in speed-related crashes on OPP-patrolled roads in 2017 alone, the highest number of speed-related fatalities in five years.
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Male drivers racked up almost 148,000 speeding charges, while female drivers drew over 65,000 charges.
Here’s a breakdown by age group:
- 25 to 34 years: 37,498 charges
- 35 to 44 years: 27,959 charges
- 45 to 54 years: 26,212 charges
- 25 to 34 years: 17,433 charges
- 35 to 44 years: 12,817 charges
- 45 to 54 years: 11,541 charges
The youngest male age group (16 to 20 years) made up 5,939 charges, while 16-20 year old females drew 2,699 charges.
As for other forms of aggressive driving, street racing is also a major issue on Ontario roads.
Street racing counts as driving more than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit.
Men were charged more than 4,100 times, while women were charged close to 760 times.
Here’s a breakdown of the offenders:
- 25 to 34 years: 1,382 charges
- 21 to 24 years: 968 charges
- 35 to 44 years: 622 charges
- 25 to 34 years: 260 charges
- 21 to 24 years: 155 charges
- 35 to 44 years: 130 charges
And among 16-20 year olds? Males drew 447 street racing charges, while females drew 91 charges.
It’s true that OPP is cracking down on drivers for Canada day long weekend.
“When you speed, follow too closely, fail to yield right-of-way or engage in road rage behaviour, you are not just breaking the law,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support in a recent statement.
“You are contributing to preventable road deaths on OPP-patrolled roads every year that are linked to these aggressive driving behaviors. We are urging all drivers to be mindful of this over the Canada Day Long Weekend and throughout the year.”
OPP will specifically be watching for aggressive driving behaviours.
Aircraft and helicopter resources will be watching from above OPP-patrolled roads, waterways, and trails this Canada Day long weekend.