Jun 27, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Provincial police say speeding is the number 1 cause of deaths on OPP- patrolled roads in Ontario so far this year.

The force says excessive speed has been linked with 30 road deaths – as of Monday – compared to 17 at the same time last year.

Officers have laid more than 1,400 charges so far this year – against drivers clocked at 50 km/h or more over the limit.

The OPP are zeroing in on speeding and all other forms of aggressive driving – during the Canada Day long weekend.

Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair says speeding has become part of everyday behaviour for some drivers – and officers laid more than 240,000 speeding charges last year.

Convicted speeders can face a jail term of up to six months – fines of up to $10,000 – and prolonged licence suspension.

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