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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff The On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice re­ported last week that inat­ten­tivere­lated/dis­tracted driv­ing fa­tal­i­ties dropped 33 per cent last year, com­pared to 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the force’s High­way Safety Di­vi­sion, 55 peo­ple lost their lives on OPP­pa­trolled road­ways in 2018 due to dis­tracted-driv­ing be­hav­iours, while 82 such fa­tal­i­ties oc­curred in 2017.

The OPP pointed out that 2018 had the low­est num­ber of inat­ten­tive-re­lated road deaths “in al­most a 10 years.”

The over­all num­ber of fa­tal road crashes and re­sult­ing deaths also dropped over the same pe­riod, from 304 and 343, re­spec­tively, in 2017, to 296 and 333 in 2018.

And while the num­ber of fa­tal crashes was down, the to­tal num­ber of col­li­sions rose 4.8 per cent – from 68,782 in 2017 to 72,060 last year.

The prov­ince-wide fig­ures for the other three com­po­nents of the OPP’s so-called “Big Four” road fa­tal­ity fac­tors – dis­tracted driv­ing is one of that quar­tet – were down in two of three cat­e­gories.

There were 50 fa­tal­i­ties re­lated to im­proper or non-use of seat­belts in 2018, one fewer than the pre­vi­ous year; and there were 56 al­co­hol or drug-im­paired re­lated deaths last year, com­pared to 58 in 2017.

Speed-re­lated deaths in 2018 to­talled 76 – one more than in 2017.

A to­tal of 36 peo­ple died last year in mo­tor­cy­cle col­li­sions – 25 per­cent fewer than 2017’s to­tal of 48 – with speed and los­ing con­trol the top con­tribut­ing fac­tors.

In 2017, im­proper turn­ing and al­co­hol im­pair­ment were the lead fac­tors.

The OPP also re­ported an over­all in­crease in the num­ber of col­li­sions in­volv­ing trans­port trucks in 2018 – 7,674 com­pared to 7,287 in 2017, mark­ing a four-year high.

Fifty-five of the crashes last year were fa­tal, with 1,142 of them re­sult­ing in per­sonal in­juries.

In 2017, there were 7,287 trac­tor­trailer col­li­sions – 79 of which were fa­tal – and 1,253 per­sonal in­juries. Semi drivers were re­ported as be­ing at-fault in over half of the col­li­sions over the two-year pe­riod, with the OPP cit­ing im­proper lane changes and fol­low­ing too closely at the main con­tribut­ing fac­tors.

RICHARD MAHONEY PHO­TOS

ICE BREAK­ERS: As win­ter lingers, ice build-up be­comes a prob­lem. For the av­er­age per­son, snow re­moval is made even more dif­fi­cult when banks are en­cased in ice. How­ever, the task is much larger when en­tire towns have to be main­tained. For­tu­nately, North Glen­garry’s pub­lic works depart­ment has big ma­chin­ery at its dis­posal. This blower makes short work of blocks that had formed on curbs in Alexan­dria last week.

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