Wrong-way driv­ers

The Glengarry News - - News -

A rash of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling the wrong way on a high­way or road has the On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice (OPP) rais­ing aware­ness about what driv­ers should do when en­coun­ter­ing a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling the wrong way to­wards on­com­ing traf­fic.

Be­tween Oc­to­ber 5 and Novem­ber 5, the OPP re­sponded to 25 re­ports of a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling the wrong way. A col­li­sion oc­curred in five of the in­ci­dents and two peo­ple lost their lives in two of the crashes. Twelve charges have been laid so far in five of the in­ci­dents, two of which are driv­ing while abil­ity im­paired by al­co­hol and/or drugs.

There were 182 wrong-way ve­hi­cle in­ci­dents on OPP-pa­trolled roads last year and 207 so far this year.

When driv­ers en­counter a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling the wrong way to­wards on­com­ing traf­fic, they should im­me­di­ately and safely pull over to the side of the road, call 9-1-1 and pro­vide their lo­ca­tion, a de­scrip­tion of the ve­hi­cle and the li­cence plate num­ber if pos­si­ble.

The OPP is re­mind­ing driv­ers to pay full at­ten­tion to the road and ob­serve all di­rec­tional sig­nage, es­pe­cially when driv­ing on busy, mul­ti­lane high­ways.

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