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OPP to focus on inattentive and distracted drivers this weekend

'Distracted driving is a danger to everyone. Fortunately the same operators who engage in this behaviour are also in a position to help put a stop to it' OPP Superintendent, Tony Cristilli
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It will be another busy long weekend for Ontario Provincial Police.

On Friday, the provincial force launched its Labour Day long weekend blitz - with a special focus this year on inattentive and distracted drivers.

So far in 2019, distracted or inattentive driving has resulted in 26 deaths on the roads and highways patrolled by OPP officers.

"Distracted driving is a danger to everyone. Fortunately the same operators who engage in this behaviour are also in a position to help put a stop to it." OPP Superintendent, Tony Cristilli, with the Highway Safety Division, told a news conference on Friday.

"We want to see everyone, including the passengers, develop and maintain a complete intolerance to distracted driving, and make it ... the socially unacceptable driving behaviour that it is." added Cristilli.

During the Labour Day weekend in 2018, eight people were killed (five on OPP patrolled roads - two in marine related incidents - and one death was the result of an off-road crash).

"We want this coming Labour Day weekend to be a zero fatality weekend." said Cristilli.

He added that Ontario has some of the safest roads in North America, but road safety requires an on-going commitment from everyone.

"Today we want to tell you that 100 per cent of the distracted driving collisions are preventable and that the OPP is committed reducing the number of injuries and deaths ... through education and enforcement campaigns."

OPP will also be visable on the waterways and trails this weekend.




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