The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) across the province are urging drivers to please use extra caution when traveling over the long Thanksgiving weekend.
The OPP alongside other policing partners is conducting a four-day safety operation called Operation Impact, which started today on October 11th. This is in response to a high number of serious crashes on Ontario roads.
So far in 2019, there have been approximately 53,036 accidents, resulting in more than 200 fatalities. Many of these deaths according to the OPP were preventable.
The leading factors in these fatal crashes included speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and failure to wear a seat belt.
Many lives are lost when negligent drivers fail to keep their passengers from harm or safely share the road with other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, stated OPP Deputy Commissioner Rose DiMarco.
City officials are reminding everyone preparing for the holiday to plan ahead before traveling and to be patient, attentive and anticipate heavier traffic on the roads.
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