Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Central Region Chief Superintendent Dwight Peer is asking the public for their help to ensure safer roads in response to a significant increase in fatal collisions on OPP-patrolled roads in Central Region.
Members of the OPP in Central Region have investigated 7,565 road collisions this year; 41 were fatal, compared to 23 this time last year – that’s a 78% increase, and 864 collisions resulted in personal injury. Seven motorcyclists have also lost their lives this year, compared to three this time last year, on OPP Central Region-patrolled roads.
Safe, defensive driving is paramount to reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads and highways. Sharing the road safely is every driver’s responsibility. This cannot be overstated when motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users are involved.
The top contributing factors for injury and death in roadway collisions continue to be speed, inattention, impairment and improper or lack of restraint use. While the OPP remains committed to saving lives on our roads, drivers and other road users can significantly contribute to safer roads by avoiding taking unnecessary risks and complying with all traffic laws.
In response to this disturbing increase, Central Region Commander, Chief Superintendent Dwight Peer, is appealing to the public to adopt responsible and safe driving habits to reduce tragedy on the roadway in a video posted on OPP’s Central Region socials.
“I am asking for your help to stop any more tragic and unnecessary loss of life on our roads. Our officers are actively patrolling to ensure safe driving behaviour, but we need you to drive like lives depend on it, because they do,” says Peer. “Always keep your head on a swivel and remain vigilant for everything, and everyone, around you. Let’s work together to ensure everyone makes it home safely.”
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