Distracted driving rampant over long weekend
The number of distracted drivers ticketed over the Labour Day long weekend has OPP officers shaking their heads. Many drivers ignored the OPP’s pre-weekend warnings about the serious threat they pose on our roads when using their cell phones, other hand-held devices and engaging in other forms of distraction while driving, police stated in a news release. Officers laid 444 distracted driving charges throughout the weekend, bringing the 2017 year-to-date number of charges close to the 9,000 mark. As well, two fatalities were reported on OPP patrolled roads throughout the province, bringing the death toll for 2017 up to 208. A total of 92 people died on OPP-patrolled roads between July 1 and Aug. 31, the highest number of deaths over this two-month summer period since 2010. As well, 24 boating and 13 off-road vehicle fatalities have been reported by the OPP in 2017.