Bad summer for road fatalities
Another long weekend has come and gone and again the OPP were called out to investigate preventable fatalities on Ontario roadways. A collision in French River Sept. 1 claimed the life of a 25-year-old woman. On Monday, a two-vehicle collision in Schomberg claimed the life of a 59-year-old man riding a motorcycle. The OPP have made distracted driving a priority since it began to rival impaired driving as the No. 1 cause of fatal collisions on Ontario roads. Over the Labour Day holiday weekend, the OPP issued 444 tickets to motorists who were caught driving down the highway with their attention distracted by cell phones and other hand-held devices. So far in 2017, the provincial force has laid nearly 9,000 charges for distracted driving, the OPP said Friday in a news release. The OPP are especially concerned about Ontario motorists driving habits following an unusually high number of fatalities through July and August. A total of 92 people died on OPPpatrolled roads from July 1 through Aug. 31. This is the highest death toll for July and August since 2010. A total of 208 people have died in crashes on OPP-patrolled roads so far this year. There have also been 24 boating fatalities and 13 fatalities involving off-road vehicles.