Police find plenty to keep them busy over the long weekend, laying thousands of charges in safety blitz
PRELIMINARY DATA INDICATES ONTARIO Provincial Police officers were kept busy on and off roads during the Victoria Day holiday weekend, investigating four deaths and laying thousands of charges to address poor driving behaviours.
During Canada Road Safety Week (May 15-21), the OPP laid more than 10,600 speeding charges, 175 of which were street racing charges against motorists driving 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit. Both were increases over the same period of 2017.
Officers also laid 726 seat belt charges (up nearly 12 per cent), 424 distracted driving charges (a 12 per cent decrease from 2017), 124 impaired by alcohol or drug charges and various other traffic-related charges to motorists who continue to threaten the safety of other road users in OPP jurisdiction.
One death occurred on a road in the OPP’s West Region that remains under investigation while officers also responded to an off-road vehicle (ORV) incident that claimed two lives in North East Region, and a drowning death in Central Region.
In Wellington County, officers were active on the roadways. A total of 300 charges were laid against drivers throughout the campaign: 263 drivers received speeding charges, three drivers were charged with driving while impaired by alcohol while nine drivers lost their vehicle for a week as a result of receiving a racing charge. Other infractions included six seatbelt charges, five careless driving charges, four distracted driving charges and five fail to yield charges. Two drivers also received three day suspensions for registering a “warn” on a roadside alcohol test.