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More than 9,000 charges laid during Canada Road Safety Week

Vast majority of charges laid by OPP were for speeding as 'aggressive drivers wreaked havoc on roads'
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Despite giving advance notice of cracking down on aggressive, careless and other poor drivers during the most robust traffic safety campaign of the year, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) laid 9,392 traffic charges during Canada Road Safety Week (May 17 to 23).

Officers maintained a strong presence on roads across the province during the six-day campaign, responding to 935 collisions, three of which were fatal and the majority of which were preventable.

Aggressive drivers wreaked havoc on roads, with 8,020 speeding charges and 138 stunt driving/racing charges laid.

Other charges associated with main causal factors in road fatalities that were the focus of the campaign:

Impaired driving: 216

Distracted driving: 177

Careless driving: 151

No seatbelt: 632 (charges apply to both drivers and passengers)

The balance of the charges were the result of other driver actions and behaviours that jeopardized the safety of road users.

“The results of this campaign reflect a firm commitment on the part of our officers and our valued policing partners to keeping our roads safe. I am proud of their ongoing dedication to saving lives and their zero tolerance of drivers whose poor driving behaviours jeopardize the safety of innocent road users,” said OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.