The OPP says speed-related deaths on our highways this year have doubled compared to this time a year ago.
Of the 113 people killed on OPP patrolled roads, speed was a factor in 33 of those deaths. Distracted driving played a role in 24 other deaths. Impaired driving was a factor in the remaining 12.
"Last year speed was a factor in more than 11,000 collisions we investigated so there is no question that speed threatens the safety of all road users. As people make travel plans for the upcoming Canada Day weekend, drivers need to remember that speeding, following too closely, making unsafe lane changes, road rage and failing to yield right-of-way are all aggressive driving behaviours that injur and kill people of all ages every year," said Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
"In 2013 our officers laid nearly 300,000 speeding charges across the province. Almost 3,000 of those charges involved the motorist driving 50 km/h or more over the posted speed - one of the most aggressive, reckless and dangerous driving behaviours on our roads. The motoring public has the right to be safe and it is an unacceptable injustice to all safe drivers and innocent passengers when aggressive drivers display this type of behaviour and endanger everyone," said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division.
With the Canada Day weekend approaching, the OPP is reminding all drivers who will be travelling on Ontario roads, waterways and trails that they have the ability to make it an incident-free weekend. Every driver is in control of their behaviour and the OPP acknowledges that the majority of people who operate a vehicle, boat or off-road vehicle take this responsibility seriously.