On Tuesday, May 18th, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began its annual Canada Road Safety Week that runs to May 24th.
Since January 1st, the South Bruce OPP has investigated 282 collisions, with non-life threatening injuries reported at 18 of the scenes and one that was a fatal motor vehicle collision.
Consistent year to year, a significant number of the road deaths overall so far in 2021, are attributed to driving behaviours that are the focus of this week’s campaign – aggressive, inattentive/distracted driving, alcohol/drug-impaired drivers and unbuckled vehicle occupants.
“The number of innocent people killed every year on our roads because of dangerous, careless driving is staggering. As a driver, every person travelling with, or around you, stands to pay the price for the risks you take behind the wheel. So do their families. How you drive is not just your business, it’s everyone’s business. Please drive safely and ensure everyone buckles up,” says OPP Chief Superintendent Rohan Thompson, Commander, Highway Safety Division.
During the week-long campaign, the OPP will maintain a strong presence on highways and roads as they join policing partners across Canada to enforce and educate road users about traffic laws.
Fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads over the past 10 years (2011-2020):
Inattentive-related fatalities: 719
Seat belt-related: 565