OPP Report Multiple Deaths and Charges Over Labor Day Long Weekend

Sep 7, 2018

OPP Wraps Up Distracted Driving Campaign (Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018)

ORILLIA, ON, Sept. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - Ten (10) traffic and marine-related deaths made for a tragic Labour Day Long Weekend on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads, waterways and trails. 

Two motorcyclists were among the four people who died in separate road collisions over the weekend. One person died in an off-road vehicle crash. Two boaters died in separate boating incidents and three people drowned.    

The OPP laid 651 distracted driving charges during their long weekend Distracted Driving Campaign. Over and above the campaign, officers were kept busy right through the weekend, laying a total of 10,403 charges throughout the province. Speeding topped the list at 6,136 charges, with an additional 195 charges laid for racing/stunt driving. 

The OPP is reminding Ontarians to take responsibility for their own safety and that doing so will go a long way in reducing the number of deaths and injuries on roads, waterways and trails.   

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For further information: Contacts by Region: Highway Safety Division: Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, Ph: (416) 460-4701; Central Region: Sgt. Peter Leon, Ph: (705) 330-3713; East Region: A/Sgt. Tina Hunt, Ph: (613) 296-4516; North West Region: Sgt. Shelley Garr, Ph: (807) 473-2734; North East Region: Sgt. Carlo Berardi, Ph: (705) 845-2738; West Region: A/Sgt. Ken Johnston, Ph: (519) 652-4156