Long weekend takes ‘tragic turn on and off the road’

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Fatal crashes and drownings made for a tragic Canada Day long weekend, according to the Ontario Provincial Police.

Officers responded to four fatal vehicle crashes across the province in which five people lost their lives over the weekend. Two motorcyclists were among those who died. All the deceased are male ranging from 26 to 61 years of age.

The OPP said there were zero boating deaths but officers responded to three drownings over the weekend. All three victims were men between 25 and 37 years old.

The OPP also reported one fatal off-road vehicle incident in which a 21-year-old man died.

“What the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) hoped would be a safe, enjoyable Canada Day Long Weekend for everyone, ended up taking a tragic turn on and off the road for some families,” said police.

The OPP said officers charged thousands of aggressive drivers during a province-wide campaign over the weekend.

OPP officers laid a total of more than 8,800 traffic-related and other charges, including 5,300 for speeding, 180 for stunt driving and racing, 573 for hazardous moving violations, 418 for not wearing a seat belt, 116 for distracted driving, and 96 for alcohol or drug-impaired driving.

“With summer now in full swing, the OPP is reminding Ontarians and tourists to make safety their number one priority when travelling on roads and enjoying trails and waterways,” police said.