Despite giving advance notice of cracking down on aggressive, careless and other poor drivers during the most robust traffic safety campaign of the year, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) laid 9,392 traffic charges during Canada Road Safety Week (May 17-23, 2022).
Officers maintained a strong presence on roads across the province during the six-day campaign, responding to 935 collisions, three (3) of which were fatal and the majority of which were preventable.
Aggressive drivers wreaked havoc on roads, with 8,020 speeding charges and 138 stunt driving/racing charges laid.
Other charges associated with main causal factors in road fatalities that were the focus of the campaign:
Impaired driving: 216
Distracted driving: 177
Careless driving: 151
No seatbelt: 632 (charges apply to both drivers and passengers)
The balance of the charges were the result of other driver actions and behaviours that jeopardized the safety of road users.
“The results of this campaign reflect a firm commitment on the part of our officers and our valued policing partners to keeping our roads safe. I am proud of their ongoing dedication to saving lives and their zero tolerance of drivers whose poor driving behaviours jeopardize the safety of innocent road users,” said Thomas CARRIQUE, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police.
On May 29, 2022, at 5:03 p.m., the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a two-vehicle collision along Highway 9 in Carrick Township. Officers arrived with members of South Bruce Fire Rescue and Bruce County Paramedic Services to find a motorcycle, a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a pick-up truck were involved.
The motorcycle operator was taken to a local hospital where they were pronounced deceased – identity is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.
Highway 9 was closed between Side Road 30 and Side Road 35 for the protection of emergency responders.
Members of the OPP Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) unit assisted the South Bruce OPP with the investigation.
The investigation is in the early stages, updates will be provided as they become available.
The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.