Aurora, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have reported a significant reduction in deaths on OPP-patrolled roads over the long weekend, thanks to the Operation Impact initiative.

In 2008, eleven people died in crashes on OPP-patrolled roads on the holiday weekend, while only one person was killed during the 2009 period.

“I am extremely pleased with what we witnessed on Ontario roads this weekend,” said OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino. “The cooperation of the public and the commitment of our officers resulted in only one life being lost, although even one life lost is too many.”

The motorist killed struck an OPP vehicle conducting a stop along Highway 401 in the Napanee area; the stationary vehicle was rear-ended by the passing motorist.

The OPP used both its own aircraft and a rental plane to patrol highways during the weekend. The aircraft patrol resulted in 376 charges being laid, including a vehicle driving erratically which resulted in the driver being charged for impaired driving.

Operation Impact is a nationwide enforcement-driven initiative by police services across the country, designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures and ultimately to save lives and make Canada’s highways safe.

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