Bad sum­mer for road fa­tal­i­ties

Simcoe Reformer - - NEWS -

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.

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