The number of charges laid on OPP-patrolled roads increased by 4% during the Labour Day long weekend compared to last year.
Charges increased for speeding, racing, impaired driving and seat belt infractions, police said.
“These long weekend statistics are alarming,” said Chief Supt. Chuck Cox of OPP traffic safety and operational support.
Labour Day Long Weekend – Traffic Charges Up in 2015 versus 2014
This is the difference in charges laid between the 2014 Labour Day Long Weekend and the 2015 Labour Day Long Weekend:
Distracted Driving (charges went down):
- The number of charges laid in 2015 was down 38% from 2014
Speeding (charges went up):
- The number of charges laid in 2015 was 5,494, compared to 4,974 in 2014.
- The number of charges laid in 2015 for racing was 77, compared to 67 in 2014.
Impaired Driving (charges went up):
- The number of charges laid in 2015 was 96, compared to 91 in 2014.
Seatbelt Violations (charges went up):
- The number of charges laid in 2015 was 464, compared to 459 in 2014.
From the beginning of this year until Sept. 6, the number of collisions caused by distracted drivers has increased by 20% compared to the same period last year.