Mo­tor­cy­cle safety on OPP’s radar

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY -

The OPP says it’s rais­ing “red flags” about last year’s death toll as mo­tor­cy­cles and off-road ve­hi­cles get into gear for the Victoria Day week­end. They’re warn­ing all On­tario road users about a “his­tor­i­cally tragic mo­tor­cy­cle sea­son” in 2017, with a 10-year high of the 48 deaths. Twenty-two of the vic­tims were not the at-fault driver. The top con­tribut­ing fac­tors were al­co­hol or drug im­pair­ment, im­proper turns, ex­ces­sive speed and fail­ing to yield. Mean­while, nine of 22 off-road ve­hi­cle driv­ers who were killed in 2017 weren’t wear­ing a hel­met. Last year, the OPP recorded 343 road fa­tal­i­ties, the most in five years.

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