The first collision occurred near French River on Friday, September 1, 2017, claiming the life of a 25 year-old woman. The second incident involved a motorcycle colliding with a motor vehicle on Monday, September 4, 2017. The 59 year-old male motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning.
Many drivers ignored the OPP’s pre-weekend warnings about the serious threat they pose on our roads when using their cell phones, other hand-held devices and engaging in other forms of distraction while driving.
Officers laid 444 distracted driving charges throughout the weekend, bringing the 2017 year-to-date number of charges close to the 9,000 mark.
The OPP also reported that July and August saw particularly high numbers of road deaths.
A total of 92 people died on OPP-patrolled roads between July 1 and August 31, 2017 – the highest number of deaths over this two-month summer period since 2010.
So far this year, 208 people have died in road crashes, along with 24 boating and 13 off-road vehicle fatalities.
The Superior East Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had a busy long weekend.
The Labour Day Weekend included a distracted driving campaign. Officers patrolled the highways and issued the following charges; 84 for speeding, 1 racing, 2 seatbelts, 2 for distracted driving, 4 Other Highway Traffic Act charges, 5 hazardous moving violations, 1 Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act and 2 impaired driving charges.
Officers also responded to 62 calls for service and conducted several Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) initiatives.