OPP set for long-weekend blitz

June 30, 2017 by

OPPLake88-300x227As we head to the long weekend, the OPP is pointing to speeders as the number one cause in road fatalities so far this year, with the death toll in this category 76 per cent higher than this time last year.

As of June 26th, speeding has been linked with 30 road deaths on OPP-patrolled roads, compared to 17 last year.

Excessive speed continues to threaten the safety of other road users with more than 1,400 charges so far this year laid by the OPP against drivers clocked at 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit.

During the Canada Day long weekend, OPP officers throughout the province will set their sights on speeding and all other forms of aggressive driving.

These behaviours include following too closely, unsafe passing and lane changes, failing to yield right-of-way, road rage and other dangerous, high-risk driving behaviours.

They will also be looking for other infractions and will have a presence on our trails and waterways as they hope to keep the celebrations of Canada's 150th birthday safe.