ORILLIA, ON, July 3, 2012 /CNW/ - It has been a deadly weekend for some
Ontario families during this Canada Day weekend. A total of 4 people
died on the roads, trails and waterways patrolled by the Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP).
OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis is saddened by the loss of lives.
"Although our officers did an excellent job of enforcement over the
weekend, we cannot stop the senseless deaths that in some cases might
have been preventable. Increased visibility and our focus on the four
key areas of aggressive driving, distracted driving, drinking and
driving and seatbelts does work, but unfortunately these tragedies
continue to happen."
The OPP Aircraft Enforcement Program plays an important role to crack
down on irresponsible drivers and was used all weekend to assist OPP
officers on the roadways.
Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, responsible for OPP Traffic Safety
programs says "All operators are responsible for their actions, not
just on the highways, but on waterways and trails as well."
On OPP patrolled roads the OPP laid 8,763 charges for various traffic
related offences, including 5,062 speeding, 63 stunt driving charges,
461 seatbelt charges and 122 impaired driving charges.
On OPP patrolled waterways, officers spent 1135 hours on the water and
laid 135 Small Vessel Regulation charges. There were no marine related
On OPP patrolled trails officers spent 144.5 hours on the trails and
laid 26 charges under the Off Road Vehicle Act. There was 1 off road
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division:
Sergeant Dave Woodford
Phone: 416 553-5471
Sergeant Peter Leon
Phone: 705 329-7414
Sergeant Kristine Rae
Phone: 613 284-4557
Inspector Mark Andrews
Phone: 705 471-0704
Sergeant Shelley Garr
Phone: 807 473-2734
Sergeant Dave Rektor
Phone: 519 652-4156