Labour Day Weekend fatalities tragic and senseless says OPP

ORILLIA, ON, Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), over the Labour Day Long Weekend two people were killed in separate motor vehicle collisions and two people died in separate marine incidents within OPP jurisdiction. 

OPP officers were highly visible enforcing the law on highways, trails and waterways over the weekend, laying a total of 15,749 driving-related charges. A total of 10,860 charges were laid for speeding, 339 for distracted driving, 1,186 for seat belt violations and 196 were alcohol-related charges.

This weekend's deaths drive this year's total number of road fatalities to date (within OPP jurisdiction) to 238, a 20 per cent increase when compared to the same time last year.

The OPP continue to remind Ontarians that as is usually the case, most of the deaths on our highways, trails and waterways are preventable. With children returning to school and summer still upon us, the OPP will remain highly visible and committed to reducing injuries and saving lives in Ontario.

SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:

Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division:  Sergeant Dave Woodford  Phone: 416 553-5471
Central Region:   Sergeant Peter Leon  Phone: 705 329-7414
East Region:   Sergeant Kristine Rae  Phone: 613 284-4557
Northeast Region:   Inspector Mark Andrews  Phone: 705 471-0704
Northwest Region:   Sergeant Shelley Garr  Phone: 807 473-2734
West Region:   Sergeant Dave Rektor  Phone: 519 652-4156


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