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Friday, May 19, 2017

OPP Urge Safety On Roads, Trails And Waterways

Vaughan | by Ian MacLennan  
Long weekend brings an increase in traffic.

Police will be joining you on your travels this holiday weekend,  whether it is on the road, on the water or on the trails.

At a news conference alongside Highway 400 today(FRI),  OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair said this is the time of year there is an increase on deaths on our roads.

307 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads in 2016,  which was a four year high.

Blair says officers will be keeping an eye open for the big four--aggressive, distracted and impaired driving,  and people not wearing seatbelts.

He says motorcycles will get special attention because riders lack protection in crashes and can be more vulnerable to fatal collisions.

Provincial police investigated 749 motorcycle crashes last year, of which there were 33 fatalities.

Blair notes 10 of the 28 motorcycle drivers killed were reportedly not at fault in the crashes that claimed their lives.

In contrast,  the Deputy Commissioner said a significant number of off-road vehicle drivers continue to contribute to their own demise.

Alcohol and drugs were directly linked to more than half(13) of the 22 ORV deaths that occurred in OPP jurisdictions last year.

Of those riders killed,  nine were not wearing a helmet.

If you are going to be boating,  keep in mind the water is very cold,  and you should be wearing a life jacket.

The OPP have already investigated 3 boating fatalities this spring.

Alcohol and drugs were involved in two of the circumstances and only one of the three victims was wearing a lifejacket.


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