8 people died, 6934 charges laid in Ontario Thanksgiving weekend

8 people died, 6934 charges laid in Ontario Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving weekend crashes claim 8 lives: OPP

NEWS RELEASE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE ************************* ORILLIA – In one of the deadliest Thanksgiving weekends in recent history, two triple fatality collisions were among the four fatal road incidents that claimed a total of eight lives on OPP-patrolled roads.   

All four incidents occurred on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. The first crash occurred near Port Perry and involved two vehicles in which three people died and two others were injured. The second collision that also claimed three lives and involved two vehicles occurred near Guelph.  

The other two fatalities were the result of two separate road crashes, one in Elgin County and the other in Brant County.  

In one of the deadliest Thanksgiving weekends in recent history, two triple-fatality collisions were among the four fatal road incidents that claimed a total of eight lives on OPP-patrolled roads.

On Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, the OPP wrapped up its Fall Seatbelt Campaign (Sept. 26 – Oct. 5, 2018) just as they geared up for the national Operation Impact Campaign (Oct. 5 – 8, 2018).

During Operation Impact, which targeted aggressive, inattentive and alcohol/drug impaired drivers as well as unbuckled occupants, the OPP laid 6,934 charges. The majority of the charges (5,295) were issued to drivers who were speeding (see breakdown of charges below).

The first crash occurred near Port Perry and involved two vehicles in which three people died and two others were injured.

Speeding charges: 5,295 Stunt, racing charges: 105 Seatbelt charges: 406 Distracted driving charges: 149 Moving violations: 903 Impaired-over 80 charges: 76 Warn range suspensions: 33

The other two fatalities were the result of two separate road crashes, one in Elgin County and the other in Brant County.

The OPP is reminding the motoring public that safe driving is the single most effective way to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.  

What the OPP Is calling one of the deadliest Thanksgiving in recent history claimed eight lives on Ontario roadways even as the force issued thousands of tickets to drive home seatbelt and speeding laws.

Separate two-vehicle crashes near Port Perry and Guelph each killed three people. Two other people died in separate crashes in Elgin and Brant counties.

Just the day before, the OPP had wrapped up its fall campaign to get people to buckle up, laying 2,475 seatbelt charges over days, and launched the national Operation Impact Campaign.

“The OPP is reminding the motoring public that safe driving is the single most effective way to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads,” the force said in a release Thursday.


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