During the month of February, 2018 the East Algoma Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 646 calls for service and conducted over 908 hours of patrol time. Some of those calls were:
2 Impaired driving related charges
25 Motor Vehicle Collisions (MVC) – only 3 with injuries
0 MCV related fatalities
17 Violent Crime related calls
34 Property Crime related calls
4 Drug related calls
Inattentive driving is still the deadliest behaviour on OPP-patrolled roads for the fifth consecutive year.
Since 2009 (the year Ontario Distracted Driving laws took effect), 692 have been killed on OPP-patrolled roads in collisions that involved an inattentive driver.
“By now, the majority of drivers and passengers have witnessed, had a close call or been involved in a collision with a driver who was texting, talking on their cell phone or engaged in some other form of distraction. Last year, the OPP responded to 8,711 crashes that were linked to driver inattention. These drivers have no regard for your safety, making it as important as ever that you lead by example on the road and be a strong voice in your community and on social media about this deadly driving behaviour.” said, OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.