Aurora, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) intends to step up highway enforcement in the wake of the rising number of fatalities on the roads.

The police report that 17 people have been killed in highway crashes since January 1, 2012, compared to eight during the same period in 2011.

The OPP will deploy all of its available resources and use intelligence-led policing to target enforcement, while continuing to educate drivers of their responsibility to be safe road users. This will focus on the “Big Four” high-risk driving behaviours identified by the OPP: aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, and occupants not wearing safety restraints.

“The OPP is committed to addressing this disturbing start to the year with heightened education and enforcement,” said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, commander of the Highway Safety Division. “We will be relentless in our approach. We intend to use every available means at our disposal to stem this needless loss of lives.”

For more information on safe driving tips, including traveller information service for weather conditions, visit the Ministry of Transportation.

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