OPP issue over 100 tickets for seatbelt violations in eastern Ontario over long weekend

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Over the 2024 Easter long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) issued 101 tickets for seatbelt violations on OPP-patrolled streets and highways across eastern Ontario.

According to a release from the OPP East Region Headquarters issued on Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2024, initial figures show that officers across the region also laid 957 speeding tickets, plus 20 more for stunt driving or racing.

East Region OPP had issued a warning that there would be zero tolerance for anyone failing to buckle up or use approved child restraint seats.

“Speeding contributes to fatal collisions or ones resulting in serious injuries. This is one factor that is completely within the driver’s ability to control. OPP officers will be out all spring and summer, watching for those who choose to ignore posted speed limits and put lives at risk,” said Inspector Walid Kandar, OPP Regional Traffic and Marine Manager.

At the same time, the OPP has reported an increase in the number of impaired driving incidents, noting that 385 people lost their lives in impaired driving related collisions on OPP patrolled roads between 2018 and the end of 2023.

According to the release, over the long weekend, OPP officers across East Region also charged 25 people with impaired driving, and another 23 people with distracted driving.

“Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility,” the OPP stated.

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