Woman Killed in Distracted Driving Incident, One Drowning
ORILLIA, ON, May 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
kept very busy over the Victoria Day Long Weekend, ensuring that people
were keeping safe on roads, waterways and trails throughout the
While the numbers are preliminary, over the long weekend, one pedestrian
was killed in a motor vehicle collision and one person drowned while
canoeing. Sadly, the pedestrian was a 79 year-old woman who died after
being struck by a driver who was reportedly using a hand-held
communications device. The drowning victim was reportedly not wearing a
personal floatation device (PFD) at the time of the incident.
According to the OPP, these two fatalities are harsh reminders of the
dangers associated with driving while distracted, the importance of
wearing a PFD and how completely preventable these tragedies were.
Even one loss of life is one too many but the OPP was relieved to see
this number down significantly from last year's Victoria Day Long
Weekend when nine people died in nine separate motor vehicle collisions
on OPP-patrolled roads and highways.
Over the long weekend, the OPP laid 8,289 speeding charges, 330
distracted driving charges, 112 alcohol and/or drug impaired driving
charges and 826 seat belt charges. The OPP also issued 108 Warn Range suspensions to those whose Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was in the
.05 to .08 range.
OPP officers were also busy doing their part to support Canada Road
Safety Week, a national campaign that ran from May 13 to May 20, 2013.
As part of this heightened enforcement campaign, officers were on close
watch for motorists who drove aggressively, distracted or impaired, and
drivers and passengers who were not wearing seat belts.
During the week-long campaign, OPP officers laid more than 15,000
charges which included 12,155 speeding charges, 104 street racing
charges, 778 distracted driving charges, 141 impaired driving charges,
1,237 seat belt charges and other charges under the Criminal Code of
Canada and Highway Traffic Act.
The OPP would like to thank Ontario residents and visitors for doing
their part to make this one of the safest Victoria Day Long Weekends on
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division:
Sgt. Dave Woodford
Phone: (416) 553-5471
Sgt. Peter Leon
Phone: (705) 330-3738
Sgt. Kris Rae
Phone: (613) 285-2750
Sgt. Shelley Garr
Phone: (807) 473-2734
Sgt. Jim McGill
Phone: (705) 845-2751
Sgt. Dave Rektor
Phone: (519) 652-4156