Festive Ride results
There were fewer fatalities on the road in Eastern Ontario over the Christmas holidays.
The OPP East Region office released the results of the annual Festive Ride counterattack on impaired driving and other factors that figure in the number of holiday traffic accidents.
The number of deaths where failure to wear seatbelts is involved has dropped over the past years in the region though OPP statistics note that the number of alcoholrelated traffic fatalities has remained almost constant.
For Eastern Ontario there were 45 fatal crash incidents during the 2014 holiday period compared to 53 five years ago. The total number of deaths was 48 for the 2014 Christmas season compared to 57 in 2010. The number of alcohol-related deaths last year during the holidays was 8 compared to 12 in 2010. Those deaths involving failure to wear a seatbelt totalled five for 2014 compared to 15 in 2010.
In Russell County the Festive Ride report recorded one fatal crash incident during the Christmas break in 2014, claiming one life with both alcohol and failure to wear a seatbelt as the key factors. In 2010 there were two fatal crashes in the county, which claimed two lives. One fatality had alcohol as a factor and one fatality involved failure to wear a seatbelt.