OPP targets high-risk driving this weekend
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.
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.