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Summer Road Deaths the highest since 2010 - stop distracted driving!

08/09/17
We want our residents, visitors, family and friends to enjoy their time here, and with cyclists, children, and yes, the occasional raccoon or skunk on the road, we all need to pay attention! Tourists often stop short or drive erratically as they look for street names, and this can further increase the risk to drivers. Stay alert, stay safe and enjoy your time here!

TWO ROAD DEATHS, NUMEROUS DISTRACTED DRIVERS REPORTED OVER LABOUR DAY WEEKEND

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to two road fatalities over the long weekend during their provincial Distracted Driving campaign.

The first collision occurred near French River on Friday, September 1, 2017, claiming the life of a 25 year-old woman. The second incident involved a motorcycle colliding with a motor vehicle on Monday, September 4, 2017. The 59 year-old male motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning.  

Many drivers ignored the OPP's pre-weekend warnings about the serious threat they pose on our roads when using their cell phones, other hand-held devices and engaging in other forms of distraction while driving.

Officers laid 444 distracted driving charges throughout the weekend, bringing the 2017 year-to-date number of charges close to the 9,000 mark.

The OPP also reported that July and August saw particularly high numbers of road deaths. 

A total of 92 people died on OPP-patrolled roads between July 1 and August 31, 2017 - the highest number of deaths over this two-month summer period since 2010.  

So far this year, 208 people have died in road crashes, along with 24 boating and 13 off-road vehicle fatalities.    

Contacts by OPP Region:

Highway Safety Division:            Sgt. Kerry Schmidt           Phone: (416) 460-4701

Central Region:                             Sgt. Peter Leon                  Phone: (705) 330-3713

West Region:                                  Sgt. Dave Rektor               Phone: (519) 652-4156

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