It Was a Deadly Labour Day Weekend in Ontario: Police

Published September 10, 2018 at 1:39 pm


Ten traffic and marine-related deaths made for a tragic Labour Day long weekend, say Ontario Provincial Police.

Two motorcyclists were among the four people who died in separate road collisions over the long weekend on OPP-patrolled roads, waterways and trails. 

The distracted driving campaign ran from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3.

One person died in an off-road vehicle crash, while two boaters died in separate boating incidents and three people drowned.    

OPP laid 651 distracted driving charges during their long weekend blitz. 

Over and above the campaign, officers were kept busy right through the weekend, laying a total of 10,403 charges throughout the province. 

Speeding topped the list at 6,136 charges, with an additional 195 charges laid for racing/stunt driving.

Police are reminding Ontarians “to take responsibility for their own safety and that doing so will go a long way in reducing the number of deaths and injuries on roads, waterways and trails,” a news release reads.  

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