Ontario Provincial Police will be out in full force this Thanksgiving long weekend for their Operation Impact safety blitz.
During the four-day campaign, officers will be on the lookout for alcohol and drug impaired driving, aggressive, inattentive and distracted driving, as well as lack of seatbelt use.
Police say these behaviours are the main causes of death and injury on provincial roadways.
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“In its ongoing effort to reduce the number of road fatalities and injuries, over the long weekend, the OPP will join Canadian policing partners for Operation Impact, a national traffic safety campaign that supports Canada’s Road Safety Strategy and aims to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world,” reads a statement from the OPP.
So far this year there have been 208 deaths on OPP patrolled roads. Police say the majority of the road fatalities could have been avoided with speed linked to 51 deaths, distracted driving linked to 35, no seatbelt linked to 34 and impaired driving a factor in 23 deaths.
Provincial police have responded to more than 39,400 motor vehicle collisions this year.