DISTRACTED DRIVING CAUSES MORE ONTARIO HIGHWAY DEATHS THAN SPEEDING, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS COMBINED

Aug 30, 2017

By Jane Brown

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Something to think about ahead of the long weekend when many drivers head out on road trips.

Distracted driving continues to be a problem on provincial highways.

Word from the Ontario Provincial Police is that 47 people have died so far this year because of an inattentive driver, up from 39 such deaths this time last year.

In fact, inattentive driving is linked to more collisions on OPP-patrolled roads this year than speeding and alcohol or drug-related crashes combined.

Since January 1st, distraction has been reported as the primary cause in more than 6300 collisions. Speed was the primary cause in 4700 crashes while about 1100 involved a driver who had consumed alcohol or drugs.

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