Speed the top reason for highway deaths, say OPP

Speed played a factor in 33 deaths that took place on OPP patrolled roads

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.

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  1. john posted on 06/24/2014 11:00 AM
    yea from the OPP . there are nothing more then money grabbing ticket quota pigs .
  2. Angry Bill posted on 06/24/2014 12:18 PM
    A blanket, misleading statement from the OPP, who profits from speeders.

    Speed doesn't kill. Excessive speed can kill, but so does any dangerous driving.

    You could just as easily say "Roads the top reason for highway deaths". Because most of these accidents happen on roads. You notice they say speed was a factor, but not the cause. Speed is rarely the cause. Someone, somewhere in the accident was going over the posted speed limit (not driving dangerously), so speed gets listed as a factor, and they can therefore use those statistics for their own agenda.

    It has been proven time and time again in study after study that the speed limits on most of our roads and all of our highways are set artificially low, for the express purpose of revenue generation. To reinforce that point, the OPP releases stories like this one, saying speed kills. Because people buy it. Cha-ching.
    1. Walter posted on 06/24/2014 05:20 PM
      @Angry Bill Maybe if people could respect the speed limit on the freeways, they would respect it in the cities as well. Make it 120 km/h on many 400 series highways (or maybe even 130 in other parts) and then people would believe the speed limit is set properly. This would cause them to respect the 50's and 60's in the city.
  3. Tony posted on 06/24/2014 08:46 PM
    Germany has the highest speed limit in the world and the lowest fatality rate but speed kills yeah right. The government will never point the finger at themselves and say "Are we training new migrants to Canada how to drive properly? Are multiple choice tests and deference to family members passing on bad habits an effective means of driver training?" I think the government wants us to be bad drivers to keep us on the roads angry at one another, instead of angry at the government for being so incompetent.
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