Bike, quad and boat safely, OPP urges

The Sudbury Star - - LOCAL -

With mo­tor­cy­clists, off-road­ers and boaters ex­pected in large num­bers this week­end, the OPP is urg­ing driv­ers and op­er­a­tors to act re­spon­si­bly and avoid tragedy.

Last year fea­tured 36 mo­tor­cy­cle deaths in the prov­ince and about a fifth of those — seven — were a re­sult of driv­ing too fast for the con­di­tions, the OPP said in a re­lease. Six were at­trib­uted to ex­ces­sive speed and five to alcohol im­pair­ment.

Seven of the de­ceased mo­tor­cy­clists were not wear­ing a hel­met.

More than half of the 19 driv­ers killed in off-road ve­hi­cle crashes last year — 10 — were also not wear­ing a hel­met. Alcohol and/or drugs were in­volved in at least eight of the fa­tal­i­ties, while los­ing con­trol and driv­ing too fast for the con­di­tions were the top driver ac­tions re­ported in the deaths, the OPP said.

On the wa­ter, the vast ma­jor­ity of those killed while boat­ing or pad­dling — 22 of the 24 — were not wear­ing a life­jacket.

“With fall­ing over­board (11) and cap­sized ves­sels (7) be­ing the top pri­mary causes in the deaths, life­jacket use may have re­duced the num­ber of boat­ing deaths sig­nif­i­cantly,” the OPP said.

Alcohol and/or drugs were in­volved in at least eight of the boat­ing fa­tal­i­ties.

“This long week­end, we can all con­trib­ute to the safety on our roads, trails and wa­ter­ways by never op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle or boat while im­paired by alcohol and/or drugs,” said OPP com­mis­sioner Thomas Car­rique. “Our per­sonal and pub­lic safety re­lies on each and ev­ery one of us obey­ing the speed limit, driv­ing in ac­cor­dance with weather, road and trail con­di­tions, and en­sur­ing the use of hel­mets when rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle and/or ATV and a life­jacket while boat­ing.

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