OPP Conducts Crackdown on Aggressive Driving

OPP car lightsA single-day safety blitz by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on Highway 3 led to 35 charges over the weekend, including two charges for stunt driving.

OPP conducted the crackdown on aggressive drivers on Saturday, Nov. 5. Aggressive driving is considered any unsafe action while driving. This can include disregard for safety rules, speeding, unsafe lane changes, tailgating or failing to yield the right of way.

Reports indicate police charged three with driving under suspension of a license and two with stunt driving.

In the last month police have issued several charges for stunt driving, which includes driving more than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit.

On Oct. 28, a Leamington driver was charged with stunt driving for going 140 km/h in an 80 km/h section of Highway 3 near Madden Road. Another driver was also charged earlier that month for going more than 150 km/h on Highway 401 in a section near Tecumseh with a posted speed limit of 100 km/h.

All drivers had their licenses suspended and their vehicles impounded for seven days. A stunt driving conviction can also include a minimum fine of $2,000, demerit points, up to six months in jail and a two-year license suspension.

The Dangers of Speeding

According to preliminary data from 2014, speed-related accidents accounted for 17 per cent of total traffic fatalities in Ontario. With 82 people killed that year, speeding is the fifth leading cause of car accident deaths in the province.

Studies show that drivers who speed are more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors, such as driving under the influence and not wearing a seatbelt.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and other expenses. Contact our experienced Windsor car accident lawyers today to learn more about your legal options.

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