OPP officers are having a busy month. So far in June, they've responded to 124 fatal accidents across Ontario. The leading cause of collisions continues to be distracted driving. So, if your driver is talking on the phone -- or engaged in some other distracting activity -- then they're putting passengers at risk.
The OPP has reported that 27 people have died on OPP-patrolled roads since the beginning of June, and the same poor driver behaviours were behind the majority of the deaths.
The 27 deaths were the result of 23 road collisions that occurred between June 1 and 21. Four of the collisions involved double fatalities, and one of the crashes resulted in the deaths of two motorcyclists. Two other fatal collisions in June led to the OPP charging two drivers with impaired causing death.
“These senseless road deaths are revealing the same causal factors over and over again. Until all drivers stop speeding, driving impaired or distracted and ensure that everyone in their vehicle is buckled in, history will continue to repeat itself and innocent people will continue to die on our roads,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair.
The fatal collisions in June to date push the total number of road deaths (on OPP-patrolled roads) up to 124.