Fatal collisions are always tragic.
And more often than not, they’re preventable.
According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), as of Oct.1 the deaths of 156 people on OPP-patrolled roads were linked to a range of behaviours.
These contributing factors include aggressive driving, alcohol/drug impaired driving, inattentive driving, and lack of seat belt use.
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These factors are known as the “Big Four.”
So far this year, 50 deaths were linked to speeding (a form of aggressive driving).
Thirty-seven deaths were connected to an inattentive driver and 35 deaths involved a driver who had consumed alcohol and/or drugs.
Failure to wear a seat belt was a factor in 34 deaths following collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.
“So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 175,155 charges against aggressive, inattentive, alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, and unbuckled vehicle occupants,” Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support, said in a recent press release.
“The three behaviours associated with driving are linked to 15,269 collisions to date, 95 of which were fatal. The goal of Operation Impact is not about issuing traffic tickets. It is about seeing every driver, without police intervention, refrain from risky driving behaviours and every vehicle occupant buckled up.”
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the OPP joined with police partners across the country for Operation Impact.
This is an enforcement-driven initiative geared to increase public compliance with laws in place to save lives and reduce injuries on the road.