2017 a tragic year on Ontario roads

OPP have released their final year end stats showing officers responded to 68,794 collisions last year, 304 of which were fatal.

A total of 343 people died in crashes last year, 36 more deaths than the year before.

Forty eight motorcyclists were killed last year, marking the highest number of motorcycle deaths in ten years.

OPP say the big four fatal causes are:  inattentive drivers, speed, alcohol and seat belt related.

The force's Commissioner Vince Hawkes says "The OPP is saddened and disappointed to see 2017 mark one of the worst years in recent history for fatalities on and off the road. As is the case every year, the majority of these deaths were preventable and attributed to poor driving behaviours. Until all drivers respect and observe road, off-road and marine laws that are designed to keep us all safe, these tragic deaths will continue."