What the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) hoped would be a safe, enjoyable Canada Day Long Weekend for everyone, ended up taking a tragic turn on and off the road for some families.
The OPP responded to four (4) fatal (motor vehicle) collisions in which five (5) people lost their lives. Two motorcyclists were among those who died. The deceased, all males, ranged from 26 to 61 years of age.
While the OPP is relieved to report zero boating deaths, officers did respond to three (3) drownings over the weekend. All three victims were males between 25 and 37 years old. The OPP also reported one (1) fatal off-road vehicle incident in which a 21 year-old male died.
Among the OPP’s efforts to keep people safe, the OPP conducted a long weekend Aggressive Driving Campaign, laying more than 8,800 related (and other) traffic charges. Among the charges were: speeding (5,303), stunt, racing (180), hazardous moving violations (573), seat belt (418), distracted driving (116), alcohol/drug-impaired driving (96).
With summer now in full swing, the OPP is reminding Ontarians and tourists to make safety their number one priority when travelling on roads and enjoying trails and waterways.