Driver Dis­trac­tion Leads Road Deaths For Fourth Con­sec­u­tive Year

Road Today - - Road Safety -

The On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice (OPP) are re­port­ing that 2016 marked the fourth con­sec­u­tive year that inat­ten­tive driv­ers were be­hind the high­est num­ber of lives lost on Opp-pa­trolled roads over the other main causal fac­tors in road fa­tal­i­ties, known as the “Big Four”.

In to­tal, 65 peo­ple died in Opp-in­ves­ti­gated col­li­sions last year in which an inat­ten­tive driver was ei­ther a con­tribut­ing fac­tor or the pri­mary cause of the death. In com­par­i­son to the other Big Four cat­e­gories, 2016 ended with 55 speed-re­lated, 53 seat­belt-re­lated and 45 al­co­hol-re­lated deaths.

It was a busy March Break for the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice (OPP) as of­fi­cers laid more than 2,400 dis­trac­tion-re­lated charges dur­ing their an­nual Dis­tracted Driv­ing Cam­paign held from March 13-19 this year. The OPP re­minds road users that while the cam­paign is over, of­fi­cers are com­mit­ted to dis­tracted driv­ing law en­force­ment and ed­u­ca­tion year-round. They are again call­ing on pas­sen­gers - one of their most in­flu­en­tial road safety part­ners - to help save lives by show­ing zero tol­er­ance to­ward driv­ers who text, talk on their cell phones, or en­gage in other dis­trac­tions that en­dan­ger their lives and those with whom they share the road.

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