OPP Joins Police Partners for Operation Impact This Long Weekend

OPP will be out in full force this long weekend.

Police will be keeping a close eye on the Big Four contributing factors to road fatalities; aggressive driving, impaired driving, inattentive driving and lack of seatbelt use.

"So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 175,155 charges against aggressive, inattentive, alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, and unbuckled vehicle occupants", says Deputy Commissioner BRAD BLAIR, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support

"The three behaviours associated with driving are linked to 15,269 collisions to date, 95 of which were fatal. The goal of Operation Impact is not about issuing traffic tickets. It is about seeing every driver, without police intervention, refrain from risky driving behaviours and every vehicle occupant buckled up."

50 deaths in 2018 have been linked to speeding (one form of aggressive driving), 37 deaths are attributed to an inattentive driver and 35 deaths involved a driver who had consumed alcohol and/or drugs, while failure to wear a seat belt was a factor in 34 people losing their lives in collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.    

Operation Impact is part of Canada's broader Road Safety Strategy 2025, which aims to make Canada's roads the safest in the world.