In total, 65 people died in OPP-investigated collisions last year in which an inattentive driver was either a contributing factor or the primary cause of the death.
In comparison to the other Big Four categories, 2016 ended with 55 speed-related, 53 seatbelt-related and 45 alcohol-related deaths.
“When young people are needlessly injured or killed as a result of distracted driving, my heart aches. Losing a loved one, losing a child, is one of the worst things imaginable – the text can wait. The OPP’s Distracted Driving Campaign is an important reminder to put the phone away and focus on driving. Keeping our roads, communities, and families safe starts and ends with each of us.” – Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
A total of 1,507 people died in road deaths on OPP-patrolled roads between 2011 and 2015 and the vast majority of them were preventable, according to a five-year report just released by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
Over the five-year period, the data revealed that:
– Alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in 321 of the deaths
– Speeding was a factor in 336 of the deaths
– Inattentive driving was a factor in 408 of the deaths
– Failure to wear a seat belt was a factor in 335 of the deaths
Pay attention or pay the price – Don’t drive while distracted
A message from Tecumseh OPP, Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach and Mix 96.7.