OPP tar­gets high-risk driv­ing this week­end

The Barrie Examiner - - NEWS - bbru­ton@post­media.com BOB BRUTON BAR­RIE EX­AM­INER

OPP will be giv­ing no quar­ter on pro­vin­cial high­ways this Thanks­giv­ing week­end.

Op­er­a­tion Im­pact will fo­cus on high-risk driv­ing be­hav­iour, the so­called ‘Big 4’ of inat­ten­tive, ag­gres­sive and im­paired driv­ing - as well as not wear­ing seat belts.

“Bad de­ci­sions can re­sult in tragedies,” said Sgt. Kerry Sch­midt of the OPP High­way Safety Divi­sion. “We cer­tainly need ev­ery­body to buy into the fact that it (safety) is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Po­lice are re­port­ing the 182 fa­tal­i­ties on OPP-pa­trolled roads so far this year in­clude one or more of the ‘Big 4’ causes.

This in­cludes 63 deaths from inat­ten­tive driv­ing, 56 from speed­ing, 32 in­volv­ing al­co­hol or drug im­paired driv­ers and 31 from an oc­cu­pant with­out proper re­straints or wear­ing a seat belt.

Sch­midt said the OPP will have high­way en­force­ment of­fi­cers and traf­fic unit of­fi­cers de­ployed on High­way 400, be­tween the Greater Toronto Area and the High­way 11/400 split, up the 11 to Oril­lia and be­yond, and up the 400 ex­ten­sion into cot­tage coun­try.

“We do see peo­ple chang­ing their be­hav­iour when they see us, and if that has a last­ing ef­fect, we cer­tainly hope so,” he said. “And if we see them break­ing the laws, they are sub­ject to traf­fic stops and tick­et­ing.

“We’ll con­tinue to do what we can, but we can’t do it all our­selves.”

OPP Deputy Com­mis­sioner Brad Blair is also ask­ing driv­ers to be care­ful on the roads this week­end. “No fam­ily or other road user trav­el­ling this Thanks­giv­ing long week­end — or any other time — should have to worry about dy­ing or be­ing in­jured be­cause of the care­less ac­tions of another driver,” he said.

MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Over the Thanks­giv­ing week­end, pro­vin­cial po­lice will fo­cus on high-risk driv­ing be­hav­iour, the so-called 'Big 4' of inat­ten­tive, ag­gres­sive and im­paired driv­ing, as well as not wear­ing seat belts.

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