Local detachments of the OPP are once-again kicking off their annual, Thanksgiving Long Weekend Operation Impact campaign.

The campaign aims to reduce the amount of deaths on OPP-patrolled roads, caused by ‘The Big Four’ leading contributors of road fatalities. Those factors include aggressive driving, impaired driving, inattentive driving and lack of seatbelt use. As of October 1, 156 deaths have been contributed to one or more of “The Big Four.’

"So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 175,155 charges against aggressive, inattentive, alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, and unbuckled vehicle occupants. The three behaviours associated with driving are linked to 15,269 collisions to date, 95 of which were fatal. The goal of Operation Impact is not about issuing traffic tickets. It is about seeing every driver, without police intervention, refrain from risky driving behaviours and every vehicle occupant buckled up,” said Deputy OPP Commissioner, Brad Blair.

So far this year, 50 deaths were linked to speeding, one form of aggressive driving. Thirty seven deaths were attributed to an inattentive driver and 35 deaths involved a driver who had consumed alcohol and/or drugs. Failure to wear a seat belt was a factor in 34 people losing their lives in collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.  

Over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend, the OPP is joining police partners across Canada for Operation Impact, an enforcement-driven initiative aimed at increasing public compliance with laws in place to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

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