Response to Recent Fatal Collisions
AURORA, ON, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Less than one month into 2012 and
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) statistics indicate the number of
people that have lost their lives on OPP patrolled highways has more
than doubled over the same period last year.
The unusually high number of highway deaths on OPP-patrolled roads has
resulted in 17 people tragically losing their lives in vehicle crashes
since January 1 compared to eight during the same period in 2011.
While it is too early in the year to predict how road safety will fare
in 2012, there is no doubt that the first weeks of January have been
treacherous. The OPP will be deploying all its available resources and
utilize intelligence-led policing to target enforcement while
continuing to educate drivers of their responsibility to be safe road
The education and targeted enforcement will focus on the "Big Four" high
risk driving behaviours identified in the OPP's international
award-winning Provincial Highway Traffic Safety Program (PTSP). This
program targets the four leading causes of injuries and death on
Ontario roadways: aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired
driving and occupants not wearing safety restraints.
"The OPP is committed to addressing this disturbing start to the year
with heightened education and enforcement. We will be relentless in
our approach," said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander Highway
Safety Division. "We intend to use every available means at our
disposal to stem this needless loss of lives."
Weather changes, particularly during the winter, can occur suddenly and
dramatically in Ontario. Without warning, sudden storms and plunging
temperatures can drastically change road conditions and reduce
visibility. The OPP is reminding drivers that it is critical to adjust
driving behaviour to the weather conditions that can change without
"We must understand that it is frequently the driver's failure to adjust
to the road and weather conditions that is the cause of many of these
tragic crashes," says Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial
Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support. "Ontario's winters
can make for some of the most challenging driving in Canada. Road
conditions in the winter are predictable, yet drivers of all ages are
often taken by surprise. Slow down! Drive as if your life depended on
it…because it does."
For more information on safety tips for winter driving, including
traveler information service for weather conditions visit the Ministry
of Transportation (MTO) Winter Driving - Be Prepared be Safe website.
For information from MTO on road conditions visit Winter Road Conditions.
The OPP reminds travelers to never call 9-1-1 or the OPP for weather or
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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
| || || || || Contacts by OPP Region: || |
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| Highway Safety Division: || || || || Sergeant Dave Woodford || Phone: (416) 553-5471 |
| Central Region: || || || || Inspector Dom Beckett || Phone: (705) 329-7411 |
| East Region: || || || || Inspector Dave Springer || Phone: (613) 284-4500 |
| North East Region: || || || || A/Supt Mark Andrews || Phone: (705) 475-2600 |
| North West Region: || || || || Sergeant Shelley Garr || Phone: (807) 473-2734 |
| West Region: || || || || Inspector Steve Porter || Phone: (519) 652-4100 |