Bike, quad and boat safely, OPP urges
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.