The Long Weekend

When you hear "Long Weekend" what is the first thing you think of? Perhaps you're looking forward to weekend motorcycle trips, an extra sleep in day, bond fires, bbq's, friends, family, camping, just an all around good time. If you are planning to be on the roads this coming long weekend there are few things that you should consider.  More traffic being one for sure, the potential for death and carnage on the highways on a long weekend is elevated as is the number of vehicles, trailers and motorcycles.  People can be inpatient, I don't understand why, it's the long weekend, time to relax, and enjoy the ride/drive to where ever it is you are going.  It's a beautiful country, with much to see. 

Orillia, ON OPP are gearing up for their Provincial National Traffic Safety Campaigns-May 15, 2018
Large numbers of motorcycles and off-road vehicles are expectded to be out Victoria Day Long Weekend.  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are raising red flags about the potential dangers of long weekend travel, and off road activities.

As the long weekend rolls in, the OPP are reminding on and off road users about the tragic deaths of 48 riders last year. 22 of that number were not at fault. Of the 22 killed 9 of them were riding off road vehicles, and the riders were not wearing helmets, 6 were impaired, 6 were improper turns, 5 were speeding excessively, and 5 failed to yield. The death toll for off roaders not wearing a helmet repeated itself in 2016. The leading primary cause was loss of control, with 15 of the fatalities being attributed to this cause over the two-year period. 
No one wants this kind of reminder, nor do we want these images in our heads,  but sometimes it's necessary to drag stuff out to keep us in check. We are not invincible, or Iron Man even though we may think we are.

Last year alone OPP saw the highest number of fatalities in five years totaling 343 deaths, which is 343 too many in anyone's book.

Regardless of where your travels take you this week and weekend, please know that driving safely means driving the number of road deaths way down. The OPP, our policing partners and the thousands of families travelling on Ontario roads this week are counting on you to help make that happen."
- Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES, Ontario Provincial Police 

Ahead of its long weekend motorcycle and off-road vehicle safety initiatives, the OPP is also taking part in the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police-led Canada Road Safety Week. From May 15 to 21, 2018. The OPP and its Canadian policing partners will conduct an education and enforcement campaign aimed at the Big Four causal factors in road deaths (impaired, distracted and aggressive driving, lack of occupant restraint).

SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police.
CONTACT: Contacts by Region: Highway Safety Division: Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, Ph: (416) 460-4701; Central Region: Sgt. Peter Leon, Ph: (705) 330-3713; East Region: A/Sgt. Tina Hunt, Ph: (613) 296-4516; North West Region: Sgt. Shelley Garr, Ph: (807) 473-2734; North East Region: Sgt. Carlo Berardi, Ph: (705) 845-2738; West Region: Const. Kevin Marti, Ph: (519) 385-0605
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