As the OPP gears up for its Canada Day Long Weekend Aggressive Driving Campaign, officers will be watching for drivers who speed and engage in other forms of aggression.
With 75 people dying in speed-related collisions on OPP-patrolled roads in 2017 (a five-year high), the OPP is revealing who their biggest speeding offenders were last year.
Among last year’s speeding charges, close to 148,000 were issued to male drivers, with female drivers drawing over 65,000 charges. Below are the top three male/female age group offenders:
Speeding charges (males by age group): 25 to 34 – 37,498; 35 to 44 – 27,959; 45 to 54 – 26,212.
Speeding charges (females by age group): 25 to 34 – 17,433; 35 to 44 – 12,817; 45 to 54 – 11,541.
The youngest male age group (16 to 20) accounted for 5,939 charges while their female counterparts drew 2,699 charges.
Among the street racing charges (for driving more than 50 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit), males drew more than 4,100 charges, while close to 760 were issued to females. Below are the top three male/female age group offenders:
Street racing charges (males by age group): 25 to 34 – 1,382; 21 to 24 – 968; 35 to 44 – 622.
Street racing charges (females by age group): 25 to 34 – 260; 21 to 24 – 155; 35 to 44 – 130.
Among the youngest age group, 447 street racing charges went to 16 to 20 year-old males, compared to 91 charges laid against females in the same age group.
“When you speed, follow too closely, fail to yield right-of-way or engage in road rage behaviour, you are not just breaking the law,” says OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
“You are contributing to preventable road deaths on OPP-patrolled roads every year that are linked to these aggressive driving behaviors. We are urging all drivers to be mindful of this over the Canada Day Long Weekend and throughout the year.”
Over and above ground patrols, the OPP will be deploying its fixed-winged aircraft and helicopter resources over the weekend, giving them a bird’s eye view of OPP-patrolled roads, waterways and trails.