"Already been called to 206 road fatalities."
Anyone who's ever travelled on Highway 401 knows that dangerous driving is a very real issue in Ontario, and officials say it's only getting worse.
On Thursday, Sergeant Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) warned drivers that officers have seen an increase in "every single driving characteristic" that cause death or injury in 2022.
\u201c10 deaths in collisions just last week. \nAlready this year #OPP have investigated 206 fatalities on the roads, plus 17 deaths with off road vehicles and 17 additional deaths on the water with boats. \nUse your safety equipment it could save your life. #Seatbelt #Helmet #LifeJacket\u201d— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP Highway Safety Division) 1660761192
These behaviours include speeding, impaired or distracted driving, and failing to wear safety equipment like seatbelts.
"We need people to understand how important it is to drive safely, drive responsibly, and share the road this year," he warns. "The OPP have already been called to 206 road fatalities, and of those road fatalities, motorcycles. Thirty motorcycle riders have been killed already this summer."
Schmidt adds that in many of the incidents, the motorcyclist was not at fault but was rather a victim of an unaware driver turning into them.
Other vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and ATV riders, have also been affected.
"We've had eight people die as a result of bicycling collisions on the roads as well."
Sadly, the summer rush makes travel conditions dangerous for drivers, boaters, and off-roaders alike, with an additional 34 people being killed in ATV and marine accidents.
"Please be careful. Enjoy the rest of August and the rest of summer. But we want you to get home safely. Please take care of yourself and have fun," Schmidt concludes.
Last week, the OPP leader took to Twitter in an attempt to find a driver who allegedly lost a wheel on Highway 407 without noticing.
Drive safe, folks.
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