More Fatalities Than Ever On OPP-Patrolled Roads

A new OPP report says the number of fatalities on roads, trails and waterways in Ontario spiked in 2017. The report shows that 343 people died on OPP-patrolled roads last year, which is a five-year high. The previous year (2016), there were 307 deaths. Forty eight people died in motorcycle crashes, the highest in 10 years. The number of people who died in collisions involving a transport truck also hit a 10-year high. Police say 91 people died in 76 collisions. Boating fatalities reached an eight year high with 31 lives lost in 2017. The leading cause of death was people not wearing a life-jacket and falling over board. Twenty two people died in off-roading incidents in 2017, the same number of deaths recorded in 2016. Police say half of those who died were not wearing helmets. Snowmobile fatalities reached an all-time high with 29 deaths.However, the number of pedestrian deaths dropped to 27 from 39 in 2016. (OPP release and image)





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