It Was the Deadliest August Long Weekend in Years: Police

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The Civic Day long weekend was a deadly one in Ontario, with two children among the six people killed on OPP-patrolled roads.

Ontario Provincial Police say last weekend marked the highest number of fatal road incidents since the 2011 August long weekend.

There were three deaths in the Greater Toronto Area.

A 22-year-old man died following a collision between his motorcycle and a passenger vehicle on Hwy. 427, while a six-year-old girl was killed after the passenger vehicle in which she was travelling was involved in a collision with a transport truck in Caledon.

In addition, a 64-year-old man died after driving the wrong way (southbound) on Hwy. 404 resulted in a head-on collision with a northbound vehicle. The driver of the northbound vehicle received serious injuries in the crash.

Province-wide, a three-year-old girl died after being struck by a pick-up truck in Lambton County, while a second motorcyclist, a 52-year-old man, was killed when the motorcycle he was driving lost control near Killaloe.

A 28-year-old man succumbed to his injuries following a single vehicle crash on the shoulder of Highway 400 in Tay Township.

With its data now finalized, OPP laid 511 ‘move over’ charges during its four-day campaign. That’s up from 413 charges during the 2017 campaign and 471 charges the previous year (2016).

Overall, OPP laid 8,566 traffic-related charges over the long weekend.

A total of 5,070 charges were for speeding, with officers laying an additional 136 street racing/stunt driving charges against motorists who were caught driving more than 50 kms per hour over the posted speed limit.

In comparison, the 2017 Civic Day long weekend resulted in 8,781 charges, 5,558 of which were speeding offences and 127 of which were street racing/stunt driving offences. The 2016 campaign ended with 9,417 charges.

Speeding accounted for 5,529 of the charges and 99 charges were laid for street racing/stunt driving offences.

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