OPP to Target the Big Four Thanksgiving Weekend

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Provincial police say they'll be keeping an extra eye on the roads starting today and throughout the Thanksgiving long weekend.

They say they'll be part of a national traffic enforcement blitz called Project Impact.

The traffic safety campaign will see officers targeting the 'Big Four" offences to reduce injuries and deaths on Ontario's roads and trail systems.

OPP say the "Big Four" consists of alcohol or drug impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving, and seatbelt use.

These high-risk behaviours account for the majority of motor vehicle collision fatalities and are completely preventable.

Provincial police report that 216 fatal motor vehicle collisions have claimed the lives of 239 people so far this year.

Heading into the Thanksgiving Long Weekend, motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads sit at 53,036, up from last year when collisions had reached 52,676 by this time.

Speed has been listed as the cause of 46 deaths this year, with 44 fatalities due to seatbelt use. Driver inattention has been linked to 42 deaths and 33 people died in crashes that involved alcohol or drugs.

Police say the Thanksgiving weekend usually comes with some of the highest traffic volumes of the year and are urging all drivers to be careful and responsible.