ORILLIA, ON, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police reminds motorists that the Labour Day Weekend is typically one of the busiest long weekends of the year. Students head back to school, there are many special events planned across the province and cottagers will be making end of season trips.
From August 1 through August 23, 2006 there were 41 people killed in motor vehicle collisions on Ontario's highways. This is a 25 percent increase compared to same time period in 2005, however driver behaviour or causation factors remain consistent. Excessive speed, improper lane change, improper passing, losing control and alcohol consumption caused approximately 60 percent of the fatal collisions. Aggressive driving may get you to your destination faster but it may also get you or a loved one killed.
In 40 percent of these collisions the deceased was not wearing their seatbelt and in the majority of instances they were ejected from the vehicle.The simple act of wearing a seatbelt quite possibly could have saved 16 lives in the month of August, 2006 alone.
The OPP urges drivers to take extra time when behind the wheel. It will be a busy weekend on the roads, so expect delays and be prepared. That means focusing your attention on driving, expecting changeable weather and putting safety first.
For further information: T/S/Sgt. Bill Price, OPP General Headquarters, Highway Safety Division, (705) 329-6216