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Oxford OPP Will Be Out On The Roads This Long Weekend

Oxford OPP will be looking for speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving and drivers not wearing a seat belt, which are the four biggest factors related to fatalities in Ontario.

OXFORD COUNTY - The Oxford OPP will be out in full force during the Civic long weekend.

They will be targeting the four biggest factors in fatalities in Ontario. They are speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving and not wearing a seat belt.

So far this year, the OPP has responded to 123 fatal motor vehicle collisions in which 132 people lost their lives. Among the fatalities, 29 deaths were linked to speed, 26 were seat belt-related, 22 involved alcohol/drugs and 20 were linked to an inattentive driver.

Officers will also be enforcing the Move Over law. So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 400 charges against drivers who failed to move over one lane when able to help create safe space for police, other emergency personnel and tow truck drivers to conduct their work. There were 1,708 such charges laid last year and more than 9,300 charges over the last five-year period.

Drivers are also reminded to watch out for pedestrians and motorcyclists. To date, 23 pedestrians and 19 motorcyclists have died in OPP jurisdictions in 2020.

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