Wrong-way drivers on the rise in Ontario

Wrong-way drivers on the rise in Ontario

OPP called 25 times in 30 days over drivers headed in wrong direction

Ontario Provincial Police are warning drivers after startling number of wrong-way drivers were reported in the month of October.

OPP say between Oct. 5 and Nov. 5, officers responded to 25 reports of a vehicle travelling the wrong way. Five of those resulted in collisions, and two of those crashes left two people dead.

"Its absolutely devastating when you have two vehicles closing in at one another, head-on at highway speeds," said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

At about 7 a.m., the city’s traffic centre reported that a collision had blocked one left lane and was snarling traffic between Eagleson Road and Moodie Drive.

According to OPP, there have been 207 reported wrong-way vehicles so far this year, a sharp increase from last years total of 182.

Wrong way drivers are one of our highest priority calls, Schmidt said. We know the risks to traffic safety to human lives as a result of a vehicle coming towards you.

By the time they realize theres a car coming towards them in their lane, its almost impossible, Schmidt said.

When youre getting onto a controlled-access highway, you can really only go on one way and if youre coming onto an exit theres going to be signs very clearly posted.

OPP are reminding drivers to pay full attention to the road and highway signage. Drivers who see a car travelling the wrong direction are urged to safely pull over and call 911 with as many details as possible.

Twelve charges were laid in the five collisions, including two charges of driving while ability impaired by alcohol and drugs.

Wrong way drivers are one of our highest priority calls, Schmidt said. We know the risks to traffic safety to human lives as a result of a vehicle coming towards you.

MP Tony Clement has admitted to additional instances of inappropriate exchanges that “led to acts of infidelity,” and crossed lines that he said, should not have been crossed.

A multitude of recent reports of wrong-way driving on Ontario highways and roads has prompted provincial police to issue an advisory to drivers who encounter a vehicle headed in their direction when they shouldnt be.

OPP say they were was contacted 25 times for reports of vehicles travelling the wrong way between Oct. 5 and Nov. 5 with five of those ending in fatal collisions. There were 12 charges laid in five of the occurrences with two of those coming in relation to drugs or alcohol.

Overall, there have already been 207 calls to the OPP over such incidents this year, a number well above the 182 in all of 2017.

Police are urging people to pull safely to the side of the road before calling 911 with any details they can provide such as location, a description of the vehicle and if possible, a licence plate number.

Drivers are also reminded to pay careful attention to directional signage, especially when driving on multi-lane highways.

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