Drivers Not Changing Their Behaviour Says OPP
ORILLIA, ON, Feb. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - In spite of issuing a stern warning
last week, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) once again responded to
a series of multi-vehicle collisions yesterday along Ontario highways.
Dozens of crashes involving hundreds of motor vehicles, including
numerous tractor trailers, occurred in various parts of southern
Ontario. The worst crash scene was in the westbound lanes of Highway
401 near Napanee where there were an approximate 150 vehicles,
including 15 tractor trailers involved. The collisions occurred during
poor weather conditions and reduced visibility.
"We are frustrated that, one week after issuing an important warning,
motorists are failing to change their driving behaviour and adjust
their driving to the conditions. Yesterday's storm was forecasted by
meteorologists and gave motorists ample time to prepare or make
alternative plans where non-essential travel was involved, so there is
no valid excuse for the mayhem and the resulting injuries we saw on our
highways and roads again yesterday," said acting OPP Commissioner Brad
Once again Blair is urging motorists to maintain full control of their
vehicles at all times, which means slowing right down and allowing
extra space between vehicles. For visibility, motorists are urged to
use full headlights in challenging conditions. According to Blair, the
OPP observed many drivers failing to take these critical measures and
this contributed to the majority of yesterday's collisions.
The collisions included numerous commercial motor vehicles and, while
the OPP acknowledges that many drivers of these large vehicles are
driving with care, officers continue to observe a number of them who do
not slow down and leave ample space and stopping distance. The OPP is
asking motorists to report these offenders to police.
Ontarians are incurring significant property damage and personal injury
costs, and other direct costs for business and industry due to the
unacceptably high volume of collisions so far this winter season.
Irresponsible driving cannot continue throughout the winter, said
The OPP hopes its education efforts and public appeals will lead to
immediate changes in driver behaviour and prevent emergency responders
from being called to countless collision scenes.
Motorists are encouraged to visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation
(MTO) website at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca for traveller's information such as winder road conditions,
construction reports, road closures, traffic reports, traffic cameras
and interactive mapping.
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) 330-3738
Sergeant Kristine Rae
Phone: (613) 285-2750
North East Region:
Sergeant Carolle Dionne
Phone: (705) 845-2738
North West Region:
Sergeant Shelley Garr
Phone: (807) 473-2734
Sergeant Dave Rektor
Phone: (519) 652-4156