Long Weekend – Let’s Be Careful Out There

Distracted driving deaths this year are double those caused by impaired driving

The Labour Day Weekend – the last holiday weekend of the summer – will be on to savour, sunshine booked in throughout with highs ranging from the low to mid-20s.

Let’s get there safely.

As they always do on long weekends, police will be stepping up patrols on the water and the roads. Of particular interest this weekend will be inattentive driving. Pat Morris, the OPP Detachment Inspector in Orillia, says this has become an uphill battle for police…

OPP have investigated 38 road deaths this year where distracted driving was at play. By contrast, impaired driving has taken 19 deaths this year. The OPP is calling on Ontarians to develop a similar level of public intolerance of these dangerous drivers that exists of impaired drivers. When you are riding with a distracted driver, know that when their eyes are on their phone or they are distracted by something else, those eyes are not on the road and you are not safe. Recognize that they are endangering your life. Speak up and insist that they focus on the road and on safe driving. By not doing so, you are contributing to the problem.