Ontario Provincial Police and police services across the country will be cracking down on drivers this Thanksgiving weekend as part of a program called Operation Impact.


The annual campaign will include enforcement and awareness of the “Big Four” causes of fatal crashes which include inattentive driving, speeding, alcohol/drugs and lack of seatbelt use.

The OPP report 182 fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads so far this year linked to the “Big Four.” The breakdown is as follows:

Sixty-three deaths were blamed on inattentive driving, 56 on speeding, 32 for alcohol or drug impairment and 31 for lack of occupant restraint/seatbelt use.

“No family or other road user travelling this Thanksgiving long weekend – or any other time – should have to worry about dying or being injured because of the careless actions of another driver,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, provincial commander of traffic safety and operational support.

“The single greatest influence on reducing this senseless loss of life is safe, defensive drivers who observe traffic laws at all times. The OPP remains committed to doing its part, but we count on these drivers every day to help us save lives.”

Operation Impact is a campaign aimed at maximizing police and other resources for safer roads.

In 2015, Transport Canada reported 1,852 people died and 10,280 were seriously injured on Canadian roads.

Bottom Line: Take your time and drive safely this holiday long weekend.

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