OPP holding Thanksgiving long weekend safety blitz

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The Ontario Provincial Police will be out in full force this Thanksgiving long weekend for their Operation Impact Safety Blitz.

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During the four-day campaign, officials will keep an eye on alcohol and drug abuse, aggressive, inattentive and distracted driving, as well as lack of seatbelt use.

Police say these behaviors are the main causes of death and injury on provincial roadways.


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“Over the long weekend, in its continued effort to reduce the number of road deaths and injuries, OPP will join Canadian policing partners for Operation Impact, a national traffic safety campaign supporting Canada’s road safety strategy. And it aims to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world,” reads an OPP statement.

So far this year, 208 deaths have been reported on OPP patrolled roads. Police say the majority of road deaths could have been avoided by speeding linked to 51 deaths, distracted driving involving 35, seatbelts linked to 34 and impaired driving factor in 23 deaths.

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Provincial police have responded to more than 39,400 motor vehicle collisions this year.

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