OPP promises crackdown on distracted drivers ahead of last long summer weekend
Provincial police say officers will be honing in on distracted drivers as the last long weekend of the summer approaches.
Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey says so far this year, 47 of the 177 deaths on provincially patrolled roads involved distracted driving, compared to 32 impaired driving-related deaths.
Police say with children returning to school next week, distracted driving is of particular concern.
The provincial force says most people would refuse to get into a vehicle with an impaired driver, but they face a similar risk with a distracted one and should speak out if they notice a driver is distracted.
Boaters and off-road vehicle users are also being warned to expect a stronger police presence over the Labour Day weekend.
Provincial police report off-road vehicle deaths are up 80 per cent this year and marine fatalities are up more than 15 per cent.