Nearly 93 per cent of all fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads in the last five years were entirely preventable, new statistics released Tuesday by the OPP show.
According to the numbers, 1,400 of the 1,507 road deaths on OPP-patrolled roads between 2011 and 2015 were attributable to one of the “Big Four” factors – distracted driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving, and lack of seatbelt use.
Police say impaired driving was a factor in 321 deaths, speeding a factor in 336 deaths, inattentive driving a factor in 408 deaths, and failure to wear a seat belt a factor in 335 deaths.
“Tragically, most of these fatalities are directly linked to poor behaviours on the road and these are the ones that are preventable,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair through a media release.
“Road safety is a collective effort. We need to see a complete shift in attitude on the part of drivers who do not take these risky behaviours seriously. Passengers also have a role to play by buckling up every single time and dissuading drivers who engage in these dangerous behaviours and jeopardize their safety.”
The statistics come as provincial police and police forces across the country gear up for the annual Operation Impact traffic safety initiative, which kicks off Friday and runs over the Thanksgiving long weekend. Police will be out in full-force on both roadways and waterways targeting the “Big Four” factors.