Last weekend dubbed ‘one of the deadliest Thanksgiving weekends in recent history’

Police are calling last weekend “one of the deadliest Thanksgiving weekends in recent history” after four fatal road incidents claimed eight lives on OPP patrolled roads.

All four fatal incidents happened on Saturday (Oct. 6), including the crash near Port Perry that killed three.

The second triple-fatal of the weekend happened near Guelph and involved two vehicles.

The other two fatalities were the result of two separate road crashes, one in Elgin County and the other in Brant County.

On Friday (Oct. 5), the OPP wrapped up its Fall Seat Belt Campaign (Sept. 26 to Oct. 5) just as they geared up for the national Operation Impact Campaign (Oct. 5 to 8).

The OPP laid 2,475 seat belt charges during the ten-day Seat Belt Campaign.

During Operation Impact, which targeted aggressive, inattentive and alcohol/drug impaired drivers as well as unbuckled occupants, the OPP laid 6,934 charges. The majority of the charges (5,295) were issued to drivers who were speeding. See the full breakdown of charges below.

Breakdown of Operation Impact 2018 OPP charges:

Speeding charges – 5,295

Stunt, Racing charges – 105

Seat Belt charges – 406

Distracted Driving charges – 149

Moving Violations – 903

Impaired-Over 80 Charges – 76

Warn Range Suspensions – 33

Total charges – 6,934

The OPP is reminding the motoring public that safe driving is the single most effective way to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.

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