Aug 28, 2007

Ontario Provincial Police commissioner says individuals must take responsibility for their safety

Orillia, Ontario – Ontarians need to take personal responsibility on the province’s highways, trails and waterways, says Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) commissioner Julian Fantino. The weekend of August 25-26 was the deadliest so far this summer, with five fatalities.

“We’re continuing to be very aggressive in our enforcement, but it’s up to every individual driver or boater to drive responsibility,” Fantino says. “It’s distressing and discouraging to see that Ontario residents still don’t seem to be adjusting their behaviour and attitude on the roads, trails and waterways of the province.

“People continue to speed, drive aggressively and aren’t buckling up. There appears to be an ongoing total disregard for their own safety and that of others.”

Including the weekend figures, 292 people have died on roads patrolled by the OPP so far this year, compared to 279 in 2006, an increase of 4.7 per cent.

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