OPP Recognizes Canada Road Safety Week, Announces Fatalities are Down

Canada Road Safety Week (May 14-17) was recognized by law enforcement agencies and personal injury lawyers across the country earlier this month. The initiative, which is part of Canada’s larger Road Safety Strategy 2025, aims to raise awareness of some of the factors causing serious accidents on Canadian roads, including the “Big Four” factors in fatal accidents: drug and alcohol impairment, distraction and inattentive driving, speeding and dangerous driving, and not wearing a seatbelt.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) marked Road Safety Week by delivering good news: fatal collisions on OPP-patrolled roads were down sharply during the first four months of 2019 compared with the previous year. Fifty-eight people died between January 1 and May 5, 2019; 97 people died over the same period in 2018. The Big Four factors accounted for 45 per cent of the deaths this year and 53 per cent of the deaths last year.

OPP officers were out in force during the week in order to raise awareness and crack down on dangerous behaviour. On Highway 6, officers laid 300 charges on May 14 and 15, alone.

“Canada Road Safety Week is an effective traffic enforcement initiative, however it is only part of the solution to saving lives,” OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique said in a release. “It is important that everyone takes responsibility to ensure safety on our roads. Make a commitment to obey speed limits, wear your seat belt, and never drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or while distracted.”

For personal injury lawyers, Canada Road Safety Week is an opportunity to spread awareness and discuss road safety issues with which they are all too familiar. The Big Four factors contribute to a large percentage of the cases handled by car accident lawyers.

“Driving is a privilege that requires your full attention when behind the wheel,” said Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones in the same release. “It takes conscious effort from all drivers to limit distractions to avoid potential injuries. Violating the ‘rules of the road’ is a major cause of collisions so we all need to respect the law to ensure road safety. Make driving safely your number one priority.”

Will Davidson LLP supports Road Safety Week in Ontario and was pleased to hear that fatalities are down in the province. However, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers knows that a sudden spike in fatal accidents can occur at any time. If you or a member of your family has been injured, contact Will Davidson LLP today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help.  

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