UPDATE: (ORILLIA, ON) – OPP is reporting 12 road fatalities, one marine fatality and one off-road vehicle death over the long weekend, marking the deadliest Labour Day Long Weekend in OPP-patrolled jurisdictions in 20 years. Since 2009, OPP officers have investigated more than 600 road deaths that involved an inattentive driver.
3:00 a.m. in Toronto
As of mid-August, the OPP has investigated 38 road deaths in which an inattentive driver was involved, compared to 19 deaths involving an impaired driver. One northwestern Ontario incident had 4 deaths alone. The latest report tell us that over 8800 drivers have been charged with distracted driving.800 people were charged with distracted driving this long weekend. Texting & driving is the genie out of the bottle. https://t.co/Y5U4384UhI— Matt Galloway (@mattgallowaycbc) September 7, 2016
Ontario Provincial Police say four people are dead and another person in hospital following a single motor vehicle collision near Wawa, Ont. Monday morning.
I hope people are driving safely. Well see how many incidents there are on the roads this weekend. We are glad it's the shoulder season, as the summer traffic slows down, and it is easier to navigate in town. There are some who could use a driving refresher course. Others who simply need to respect the other drivers. Perth Fair is on, so we shop in Smiths Falls to avoid crazy drivers.
Poor Grampa is off to deliver Meals on Wheels this morning. I hope all goes well. We have the kids visiting and we are watching educational videos safe at home.
The OPP usually provide a summary at the end of the weekend. We shall see. These are the incidents I spotted. I hope you made it home safe.
We came across this scene on our way to the Sundance Festival. (More on that in another post!)
Rideau Ferry Rd. Incident from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
We passed a bit of a mess on Rideau Ferry Rd. No one was hurt, they told me. A truck and trailer must have fish-tailed.
There were other incidents of people doing stupid things. We approached the red light. Waited.
The advanced green ran its course. Several trucks hauling trailers. Then we got our green. The same distracted driver in front of us.
The car two in front turns left, and the truck and trailer thought he'd cross the intersection and turn left while that was happening. Then, a pedestrian is crossing, they block the entire intersection.
What are these people thinking?
Crazy weekend traffic from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
The drivers were distracted, weaving, talking to passengers. They didn't know where they were going. Trucks and trailers blocking traffic.
Saturday, at the Highway #43 intersection...it shows how much we need a ring road around the town. He came within inches.
There was a car parked on the street and he was hard-pressed to turn.
traffic incident from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Sept. 2nd in Perth. Another incident.
Transport truck Perth from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
This is why Perth needs a ring road. This is a horrible corner.