AURORA, ON, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - With the 2011 Labour Day Weekend
behind them, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have tallied up their
numbers and are ready to release statistics relating to this last long
weekend of summer.
OPP officers were seen in high numbers targeting aggressive drivers,
distracted drivers, those who drove impaired and those in violation of
seatbelt and child restraint laws.
Preliminary statistics indicate that over the Labour Day Weekend, 3
people died on roads, trails and waterways patrolled by the OPP
compared to 8 people this same weekend last year.
"I have mixed feelings about this number because while there were
significantly fewer deaths this year, even one fatality is
unacceptable," said OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis. "Clearly our scaled
up 24/7 enforcement is making a difference but when I look at the
number of charges we laid this past weekend, almost every number is
up. This tells me that Ontarians need to make changes in many aspects
of their driving habits so that we are working together to keep
Ontario's roads, waterways and trails safe," added Lewis.
Province-wide, the OPP laid 6,472 speeding charges this past weekend (compared to 5,889 in 2010). There were 91 street racing charges laid (64 in 2010). Seatbelt charges are up this year with 539 being laid (483 in 2010). A total of 120 charges were laid for driving while impaired by drugs or having a Blood
Alcohol Content (BAC) of above 0.08 (115 in 2010). The OPP also issued 105 roadside license suspensions to drivers with a BAC in the warn range of
0.05 to 0.08 (compared to 247 in 2010).
"As part of our award-winning Provincial Traffic Safety Program (PTSP),
our traffic enforcement efforts are in place around the clock, 365 days
a year. As a highly dedicated and innovative police service, the OPP
is committed to finding new ways to make Ontario's roads and highways
among the safest," said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial
Commander responsible for the OPP Traffic Safety.
As of August 31, 194 people have died in motor vehicle collisions in 2011 compared to 213 for the same period in 2010, a decrease of 9.1 percent.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
| Highway Safety Division: || Sergeant Dave Woodford || Phone: (416) 553-5471 |
| Central Region: || Constable Peter Leon || Phone: (705) 329-7414 |
| Eastern Region: || Constable Peter Robertson || Phone: (613) 360-0166 |
| North East Region: || Inspector Mark Andrews || Phone: (705) 471-0704 |
| North West Region: || Sergeant Shelley Garr || Phone: (807) 473-2734 |
| Western Region: || Constable Aaron McPhail || Phone: (519) 652-4156 |