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Police report nine people died on OPP patrolled roads, trails and waterways over the Labour Day weekend

KAWARTHA LAKES-Seven traffic and two off-road vehicle deaths made for a tragic holiday weekend on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads, trails and waterways.

Police say seven people died in six separate road collisions over the weekend – two more than during the same period last year – with one death attributed to inattention. Two people died in an off-road vehicle incident; one of the victims was not wearing a helmet.

Although, on a positive note, there were no occurrences involving marine fatalities during the long weekend, compared to two in 2018.

The OPP laid 263 distracted driving charges during their Labour Day weekend campaign. Over and above the campaign, officers were kept busy right through the weekend, laying a total of 8,179 charges throughout the province. Speeding topped the list at 5,021 charges, with an additional 174 charges laid for racing/stunt driving.

Officers are reminding Ontario residents and visitors to take responsibility for their own safety and make better decisions regarding their use of hand held devices and other activities to help re duce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads, waterways and trails.

As of January 1, 2019 new distracted driving penalties include an increased fine up to $1,000, three demerit points and a three-day licence suspension.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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