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Five Fatalities And Thousands Of Charges Laid By OPP Over Civic Holiday Long Weekend

KAWARTHA LAKES-It was a deadly long weekend on Ontario roads.

The Ontario Provincial Police responded to five road fatalities over the Civic Holiday long weekend and laid thousands of charges.

The OPP conducted enforcement and education around Ontario’s Move Over Law, laying dozens of charges against drivers who failed to slow down and/or move over for emergency vehicles and tow trucks that had their emergency lights flashing.

Officers report more than 4,200 speeding charges and close to 100 stunt/racing charges. Among the criminal code charges were more than 170 impaired driving offences. Close to 100 distracted driving violations and more than 280 seatbelt offences were among the list of charges. The OPP also issued over 90 driver’s licence suspensions.

The 6,918 traffic-related charges laid throughout the weekend are the latest reminder of how many careless and dangerous drivers are putting the motoring public at risk.

“The OPP encourages drivers to always set a good example by observing traffic laws and doing their part to help keep Ontario roads, waterways and trails safe.” said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.



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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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