Speeders, Texters, Racers – OPP Long Weekend Stats

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Photo: Conner395

According to Canadian Underwriter, three people died in traffic accidents over the Labour Day long weekend, but it could have been worse.

The number of Labour Day long weekend traffic deaths is declining, the magazine’s website states, but Ontario Provincial Police reported three fatalities and nearly 400 distracted driving charges over the holiday weekend.

Chief Superintendent Don Bell, commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division, said Labour Day weekend fatalities have dropped 23 per cent, and marine-related deaths in OPP territory are down 100 per cent — an encouraging trend. Off-road vehicle deaths are up one-quarter, however.

In addition to the other charges, OPP laid 64 street racing charges, 535 seat belt charges, 107 impaired driving charges, and issued 87 BAC Warnings.

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