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OPP: long weekend a ‘tragic’ one

ORILLIA - Ten traffic- and marine-related deaths made for a tragic Labour Day long weekend on OPP-patrolled roads, waterways and trails.

Two motorcyclists were among the four people who died in separate road collisions over the weekend. One person died in an off-road vehicle crash. Two boaters died in separate boating incidents and three people drowned.    

The OPP laid 651 distracted driving charges during its long weekend Distracted Driving Campaign.

Over and above the campaign, officers were kept busy throughout the long weekend, laying a total of 10,403 charges across the province. Speeding topped the list at 6,136 charges, with an additional 195 charges laid for racing/stunt driving.

Police are reminding Ontarians to take responsibility for their own safety, which will go a long way in reducing the number of deaths and injuries on roads, water and trails.  

September 14, 2018


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