As we head into the Thanksgiving Day long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding the motoring public about Operation Impact. This annual campaign focusses on the four main causal factors in motor vehicle collision deaths: distracted driving, speeding, impaired driving and failure to wear a seat belt.
The “Big Four” were contributing factors in 170 of the 227 road deaths investigated by the OPP this year (2015). Speeding and distracted driving are both in the lead of the four road death causal categories in OPP-investigated motor vehicle collisions. As of October 4, 2015 speed was a factor in 48 of the 170 deaths and distracted driving as well with 48 deaths. Lack of apparent occupant restraint is in third place at 45 deaths and impaired driving is in fourth position as a causal factor in 29 road deaths.
“Drivers and passengers must be mindful of the critical role they play in changing dangerous driving behaviours. The OPP knows that enforcement works and educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority. Motorists will see an increased presence on our highways as OPP officers work with police across this country during Operation Impact to make Ontario’s roads the safest in the world.” Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support
The stats are down in three of the four categories this year. Road deaths associated with impaired driving, distracted driving and speeding are down, but the number of people still driving without a seatbelt is up, compared to the same period in 2014.
The OPP joins other policing partners on this national traffic safety campaign Operation Impact, supported by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
This weekend, OPP officers will be focusing on making sure that everyone in the vehicle is buckled in properly, and reminding motorists to never drink and drive, to pay attention to the road at all times and to refrain from aggressive driving.