OPP set to crack down on poor driving habits this holiday weekend

HIGHWAY 417 TRAFFIC

It's the Civic long holiday weekend and OPP will be out in full force on the province's highways. 

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says they'll will be cracking down on the "MOVE OVER" law  and other poor driving habits.

So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 400 charges against drivers who failed to move over one lane when able to help create safe space for police, other emergency personnel and tow truck drivers to conduct their work. 

There were 1,708 such charges laid last year and more than 9,300 charges over the last five-year period.  

There have also been 123 fatal collisions on Ontario's highways so far this year,  with 132 people losing their lives. 

Among the fatalities, 29 deaths were linked to speed, 26 were seat belt-related, 22 involved alcohol/drugs and 20 were linked to an inattentive driver.

Drivers are also reminded to watch out for pedestrians and motorcyclists.

To date, 22 pedestrians and 19 motorcyclists have died in OPP jurisdictions in 2020.