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September 3, 2013: With a busy 2013 Labour Day Long Weekend behind them,
the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported three fatalities in OPP jurisdiction
over the weekend, but they are relieved to see a steady decline in the number of
Labour Day weekend traffic deaths.
As part of their ongoing efforts to save lives, the OPP stepped up enforcement on
highways, waterways and trails over the weekend and particular attention was being
cast on motorists who were caught driving distracted.
Sadly, a 16 year-old male died after being struck by a motor vehicle while he was
skateboarding. A 41 year-old woman died in a motor vehicle collision after being
ejected from the vehicle and another man (age unconfirmed) died when he lost control
of his off-road vehicle (ORV).
"Despite the tragic loss of three lives this past weekend, when we look at the last
five years, I am encouraged to see a 23 per cent decline in Labour Day weekend fatal
road crashes in OPP jurisdiction and a 100 per cent drop in marine fatalities on
OPP policed waterways," said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander, OPP Highway
Safety Division. "In contrast, Labour Day weekend ORV fatalities are up 25 per cent
over the same five-year period and I encourage the ORV community to work with the
OPP to reduce these numbers," added Bell.
"It was disappointing to see distracted drivers continue to pose a risk to road
users this past weekend, with our officers laying 397 distracted driving charges
compared to 107 impaired driving charges," said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey,
Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
According to Beechey, aggressive driving continues to be a significant problem on
long weekends and the Labour Day weekend was no exception with 6,078 speeding charges
and 64 street racing charges being laid (for driving 50 km/h or more over the posted
Various other charges were laid, including 535 seat belt charges and a total of
87 Warn Range suspensions were issued to drivers with a Blood Alcohol Concentration
(BAC) in the 0.05 to 0.08 range (or 50 to 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres