OPP Laid 10,531 Charges in “Operation Impact” over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend


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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) used high-visibility tactics and engaged in social media conversations to encourage safe travel during Operation Impact over the 2011 Thanksgiving weekend and noted a reduction in fatal collisions.

OPP Focussed on Aggressive Driver’s and Laid a Total of 10,531 Charges, including:

  • 6,065 charges for driver’s speeding
  • 124 charges for driver’s that were drinking and driving
  • 87 charges for driver’s who were street racing
  • 1,013 driver’s were charged for not wearing seat belts or not ensuring children were properly fastened in car/booster seats
  • 306 driver’s were charged with driving while distracted

Unfortunately, four (4) people lost their lives in traffic-related incidents during the 2011 holiday period but there were no marine or ATV-related fatalities. That’s down from seven (7) motor vehicle collision fatalities and four (4) off-road vehicle deaths during the same weekend of 2010.

Operation Impact is a Canada-wide traffic initiative aimed at saving lives and reducing serious injuries on our roads by increasing public awareness and compliance with traffic safety laws.

The OPP will continue to work with police agencies and community partners to increase compliance with safe driving measures and ultimately, save lives while ensuring Ontario highways remain among the safest in the world.

The OPP Fall Seatbelt Campaign will continue through October 17, 2011:

The public is reminded the OPP Fall Seatbelt Campaign continues through October 17th. OPP officers will remain highly-visible throughout Ontario with targeted enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws.

Every person travelling in a motor vehicle must wear a seat belt or use a child safety seat. The penalty for seat belt infractions is a fine between $200 and $1,000 (normally $240). Convicted offenders will receive two demerit points. Drivers are responsible for ensuring that passengers under 16 years of age are using the seat belt or an appropriate child car seat or booster seat.


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