TORONTO, Ont. – Provincial police are stepping up enforcement on Ontario highways in light of startling stats for the new year.
The death count is already more than double this time last year and OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford told 680News police are trying to get out in front of this disturbing trend.
“We’re going to step it up and use all of our deployed services that are out there on a daily basis to crack down on some of these drivers that just don’t get it,” he explained.
Police say there have been 17 fatalities in highway crashes since the start of the year. Last year at this time there were eight.
Woodford said that with it being winter, all drivers have to be prepared for split-second changes in the conditions.
“Well automatically your senses should go off and say I’ve got to slow down, I cannot continue at the speed I’m going, I got to save that distance, I should put my full lighting system on. Those types of things.”
The OPP will also focus more on visibility, which Woodford says is a big deterrent from unsafe driving habits.
“We just want to make sure that drivers are aware. I think visibility’s a huge factor so the more cruisers that people see on the road. All of a sudden people start abiding by the rules of the road when they see all these cruisers out there.”
Woodford says drivers have to stop being so selfish on the road.
“You have to stop thinking just about yourself. A lot people just want to get from point A to point B as fast as they can but there are other people out there that have families and loved one. You have to think about everybody and everything at all times.”
The crackdown will focus on aggressive driving, impaired, seatbelts and distracted driving.