OPP plan to increase highway enforcement

the OPP

Less than a month into 2012, OPP statistics indicate the number of people who have lost their lives on OPP-patrolled highways has more than doubled over the same period last year.
The unusually high number of highway deaths on OPP-patrolled roads has resulted in 17 people losing their lives in vehicle crashes since Jan. 1 compared to eight during the same period in 2011.
In the Northwest Region, the OPP has investigated one fatal motor vehicle collision and one pedestrian fatality since Jan. 1.
The OPP will be deploying all its available resources and utilize intelligence-led policing to target enforcement while continuing to educate drivers of their responsibility to be safe road users.
The education and targeted enforcement will focus on the “Big Four” high-risk driving behaviours identified in the OPP’s international award-winning Provincial Highway Traffic Safety Program (PTSP).
This program targets the four leading causes of injuries and death on Ontario roadways: aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, and occupants not wearing safety restraints.
“We will be relentless in our approach,” vowed Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander, Highway Safety Division.
“We intend to use every available means at our disposal to stem this needless loss of lives.”
Weather changes, particularly during the winter, can occur suddenly and dramatically in Ontario. Without warning, sudden storms and plunging temperatures drastically can change road conditions and reduce visibility.
“We must understand that it is frequently the driver’s failure to adjust to the road and weather conditions that is the cause of many of these tragic crashes,” said Traffic S/Sgt. Ken Mantey.
“Ontario’s winters can make for some of the most challenging driving in Canada,” he noted. “Road conditions in the winter are predictable, yet drivers of all ages are often taken by surprise.
“Slow down!” S/Sgt. Mantey stressed. “Drive as if your life depended on it . . . because it does.”