OPP lay thousands of charges across Ontario during Operation Impact

OPP cruiser. (Photo courtesy of @OPP_WR via Twitter)

OPP officers spent the Thanksgiving Long Weekend targeting impaired, aggressive and inattentive drivers during Operation Impact.

Officers laid 6,246 traffic-related charges, including 4,771 speeding charges laid and 159 racing charges. 104 drivers were charged with distracted driving and 92 alcohol/drug-impaired driving charges were laid. Drivers and passengers who failed to wear a seat belt made up 144 of the offences.

The Ontario Provincial Police reports officers across their jurisdiction responded to four fatal collisions on and off the road over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend, which claimed the lives of five people.

Among the incidents was a double fatality collision involving a horse and buggy, in which two children lost their lives. Three other people were killed in separate collisions, one of which involved a teenager. A motorcyclist was among those who died, marking a particularly tragic year for motorcyclists, with 38 deaths this year compared to 23 this time last year.

Locally in Huron County, 61 drivers were ticketed during Operation Impact with the bulk of the drivers being charged with Speeding. Seven crashes were investigated by Huron County OPP. An intersection crash on Thanksgiving Day located at North Line and Winthrop Road led to minor injuries for both drivers. Two of the crashes were with deer and the remainder were minor property damage crashes.

A total of 231 people have died on OPP-patrolled roads so far this year, a significant number of which were preventable and linked to the same poor behaviours as those observed over the long weekend.