Over Canada Road Safety Week, which took place between May 15 and May 21, OPP officers laid 700 charges throughout the North West Region.
- 658 speeding charges, 4 of which were street racing charges,
- 20 seat-belt offence charges
- 6 careless driving charges
- 8 distracted driving charges
- 8 impaired by alcohol or drug charges
Officers were kept busy across the province over the Victoria Day holiday weekend, with investigations into four deaths and thousands of charges across Ontario.
Officers laid over 10,000 speeding charges, 726 seat-belt offence charges, 424 distracted driving charges and 124 impaired driving charges.
The OPP note that speeding, street racing and seat-belt charges saw notable increases from the same time frame in 2017. Distracted driving charges saw a decrease, and impaired driving charges stayed roughly the same.
Canada Road Safety Week is a national campaign aimed at educating drivers through awareness and enforcement about the big four casual factors in motor vehicle collision fatalities – impaired driving, distracted and aggressive driving and lack of seat-belt use.
The OPP add that although the campaign is now over, officers will remain vigilant to try to improve decision-making and change these driving behaviours.