The OPP is teaming up with police forces across Canada in a national effort to combat roadway carnage on the Thanksgiving long weekend.
“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, provincial commander, traffic safety and operational support.
More than 1,500 people died on OPP-patrolled roads between 2011 and 2015, and the vast majority of those deaths were preventable, police said.
Alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in more than 320 deaths, and speeding was cited as a factor in 336 deaths.
Inattentive driving accounted for more than 400 deaths, while failure to wear seatbelts was a factor in 335 deaths.
In advance of the long weekend, police are preparing to mount ‘Operation Impact’, an annual traffic safety initiative that targets speeding, seatbelt use, inattentive driving, and impaired driving.
“We need to see a complete shift in attitude on the part of drivers who do not take these risky behaviours seriously,” Blair added. “Passengers also have a role to play in buckling up every single time and dissuading drivers who engage in these dangerous behaviours and jeopardize their safety.”
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