“Big four” the cause of 156 deaths on On­tario roads so far this year

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

BY THE START OF the month, the OPP re­ported the deaths of 156 peo­ple on pro­vin­cial roads due to what it calls the “big four” lead­ing con­tribut­ing fac­tors in road fa­tal­i­ties: ag­gres­sive driv­ing, al­co­hol/ drug im­paired driv­ing, inat­ten­tive driv­ing and lack of seat­belt use.

So far this year, 50 deaths were linked to speed­ing (one form of ag­gres­sive driv­ing). Thirty-seven deaths were at­trib­uted to an inat­ten­tive driver and 35 deaths in­volved a driver who had con­sumed al­co­hol and/or drugs. Fail­ure to wear a seat­belt was a fac­tor in 34 peo­ple los­ing their lives in col­li­sions on OPP-pa­trolled roads.

Over the Thanks­giv­ing long week­end, the OPP launched Op­er­a­tion Im­pact, aimed at in­creas­ing pub­lic com­pli­ance with laws in place to save lives and re­duce in­juries on pro­vin­cial roads.

“So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 175,155 charges against ag­gres­sive, inat­ten­tive, al­co­hol and drug-im­paired driv­ers, and un­buck­led ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pants. The three be­hav­iours as­so­ci­ated with driv­ing are linked to 15,269 col­li­sions to date, 95 of which were fa­tal. The goal of Op­er­a­tion Im­pact is not about is­su­ing traf­fic tick­ets. It is about see­ing ev­ery driver, with­out po­lice in­ter­ven­tion, re­frain from risky driv­ing be­hav­iours and ev­ery ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pant buck­led up, said Deputy Com­mis­sioner Brad Blair in a re­lease. Road 30. Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing a dump truck with its bucket raised tear­ing hy­dro wires down as it trav­elled south­bound to­wards Guelph with­out stop­ping. A por­tion of Welling­ton Road 39 was closed for sev­eral hours. Po­lice are ask­ing the pub­lic for their as­sis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing the driver of the ve­hi­cle. Any per­son with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent should con­tact the Welling­ton County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to re­main anony­mous, you may call Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-2228477 (TIPS) or sub­mit a tip on­line at www.csgw.tips. You may be el­i­gi­ble for a re­ward from Crime Stop­pers of up to $2,000.

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