OPP Urges Safe Driving and Boating Practices After Deadly Weekend




(ORILLIA, ON) - The Canada Day Long Weekend ended on a tragic note with five people dying in collisions on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads.  

Two of the fatal collisions involved motorcycles, resulting in the deaths of both motorcycle drivers. Excessive speed was reported as a factor in one of the incidents. 

The weekend collisions bring the total number of 2017 deaths on OPP-patrolled roads to 113. Speed remains the lead causal factor, with 31 deaths attributed to this driving behaviour.

OPP officers heightened their focus on speeders and drivers engaged in other forms of aggressive driving during the weekend, laying more than 5,800 speeding charges across the province.

No fatal boating or off-road vehicle incidents were reported. 

Contacts by Region:

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

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

East Region:                         Const. Janice Sawbridge                Phone: (613) 433-6565

Northwest Region:              Sgt. Shelley Garr                             Phone: (807) 473-2734

North East Region:              Sgt. Carlo Berardi                           Phone: (705) 845-2738

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

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