“Big four” the cause of 156 deaths on Ontario roads so far this year
BY THE START OF the month, the OPP reported the deaths of 156 people on provincial roads due to what it calls the “big four” leading contributing factors in road fatalities: aggressive driving, alcohol/ drug impaired driving, inattentive driving and lack of seatbelt use.
So far this year, 50 deaths were linked to speeding (one form of aggressive driving). Thirty-seven deaths were attributed to an inattentive driver and 35 deaths involved a driver who had consumed alcohol and/or drugs. Failure to wear a seatbelt was a factor in 34 people losing their lives in collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.
Over the Thanksgiving long weekend, the OPP launched Operation Impact, aimed at increasing public compliance with laws in place to save lives and reduce injuries on provincial roads.
“So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 175,155 charges against aggressive, inattentive, alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, and unbuckled vehicle occupants. The three behaviours associated with driving are linked to 15,269 collisions to date, 95 of which were fatal. The goal of Operation Impact is not about issuing traffic tickets. It is about seeing every driver, without police intervention, refrain from risky driving behaviours and every vehicle occupant buckled up, said Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair in a release. Road 30. Witnesses reported seeing a dump truck with its bucket raised tearing hydro wires down as it travelled southbound towards Guelph without stopping. A portion of Wellington Road 39 was closed for several hours. Police are asking the public for their assistance in identifying the driver of the vehicle. Any person with information regarding this incident should contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at www.csgw.tips. You may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.