(ORILLIA, ON) – In one of the deadliest Thanksgiving weekends in recent history, two triple fatality collisions were among the four fatal road incidents that claimed a total of eight (8) lives on OPP-patrolled roads.
All four incidents occurred on Saturday, October 6, 2018. The first crash occurred near Port Perry and involved two vehicles in which three people died and two others were injured. The second collision that also claimed three lives and involved two vehicles occurred near Guelph.
The other two fatalities were the result of two separate road crashes, one in Elgin County and the other in Brant County.
On Friday, October 5, 2018, the OPP wrapped up its Fall Seat Belt Campaign (September 26 – October 5, 2018) just as they geared up for the national Operation Impact Campaign (October 5 – 8, 2018).
The OPP laid 2,475 seat belt charges during the ten-day Seat Belt Campaign.
During Operation Impact, which targeted aggressive, inattentive and alcohol/drug impaired drivers as well as unbuckled occupants, the OPP laid 6,934 charges. The majority of the charges (5,295) were issued to drivers who were speeding (see breakdown of charges below).
Breakdown of Operation Impact 2018 OPP charges:
- Speeding charges – 5,295
- Stunt, Racing charges – 105
- Seat Belt charges – 406
Distracted Driving charges – 149
- Moving Violations – 903
Impaired-Over 80 Charges – 76
- Warn Range Suspensions – 33
TOTAL CHARGES 6,934
The OPP is reminding the motoring public that safe driving is the single most effective way to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.