As the country marks Canada Road Safety Week from May 18-24, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reporting 76 road collision fatalities since January 1, 2021.

Consistent year to year, a significant number of the road deaths so far in 2021 are attributed to driving behaviours that are the focus of this week’s campaign: aggressive, inattentive/distracted and alcohol/drug-impaired drivers, and unbuckled vehicle occupants.

“The number of innocent people killed every year on our roads because of dangerous, careless driving is staggering,” said OPP Chief Superintendent Rohan Thompson, Commander, Highway Safety Division. “As a driver, every person travelling with, or around you stands to pay the price for the risks you take behind the wheel. So do their families.”

“How you drive is not just your business, it’s everyone’s business. Please drive safely and ensure everyone buckles up.”

During the week-long campaign, the OPP will maintain a strong presence on highways and roads as they join policing partners across Canada to enforce and educate road users about traffic laws.

Officers of the Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be out on patrol and will be focusing on:

  • Alcohol/drug-impaired driving
  • Distracted/inattentive driving
  • Aggressive driving (including speeding)
  • Driver fatigue
  • Lack of seat belt use

Some quick facts:

Fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads over the past 10 years (2011-2020): 719

Speed-related: 679

Alcohol/drug-related: 615

Seat belt-related: 565