The OPP will be out in full force this long weekend, looking to ensure everyone makes it home safely for Thanksgiving.
Days after releasing some discouraging statistics about preventable collisions, Police are determined to target some of the most dangerous driving behaviours during “Operation Impact.”
It’s one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, so the OPP will be holding RIDE checks and keeping a watchful eye on the roads.
According to figures released earlier this week, over 90 per cent of the deaths on provincial police-patrolled roads between 2011 and 2015 were preventable.
Over the five-year period, there were 1,507 deaths; inattentive driving was a factor in 408 deaths, speeding in 336 deaths, failure to wear a seat belt in 335 deaths, while alcohol and drugs contributed to 321 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 in 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.”
OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor tells AM980 it’s those four main behaviours that the OPP will be targeting this weekend.
“It’s bad enough when tragedy strikes and it’s something that couldn’t be prevented, but when it is a preventable incident such as a crash or something like that, it’s very discouraging and very disheartening because there are so many lives that are effected when that type of thing happens,” said Rektor.
Police are calling on passengers to help by buckling up and discouraging drivers from engaging in dangerous behaviour behind the wheel.