June one of deadliest on record for OPP-patrolled roads

News Jul 08, 2015 by Sara Carson Innisfil Journal

It’s not a number the Ontario Provincial Police is proud to report: 38 people killed on OPP-patrolled roadways in June including four in Simcoe County.

“The loss of that many lives, I don’t know how to describe that loss,” said OPP Sgt. Peter Leon. “It’s monumental.”

Dubbed one of the deadliest Junes on record, 26 males and 12 females lost their lives compared to 17 people total in May, said Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, who heads up the force’s traffic safety and operational support.

“That is the largest month over month jump since June-July 2010,” he told The Toronto Star.

Almost all were either 19 years and under, or 55 and older. In a majority of the crashes, speed or inattentive driving were cited as contributing factors.

On June 4, the vehicle 21-year-old Jessica Smith was driving left the roadway and struck a hydro pole in Mono. A 35-year-old man from Timmins was killed in a motorcycle crash in Alliston June 21. A head-on collision on June 27 in Tiny Township killed Anthony Bakuniec, 87 and Ruth Bakuniec, 86, of Tiny.

All 38 fatalities likely could have been prevented through a correction in driver behaviour, Leon said, noting speeding, drinking and driving and distracted driving continue to be a problem, despite OPP warnings. Drivers are not adhering to the advice, Leon said.

“We can only repeat and continue to educate and part of education regrettably is enforcement,” he said.  “You’re certainly seeing a great presence on our roadways with respect to OPP enforcement.”

June weather was extremely wet, so summer is just getting started, Leon said. You can expect to see more traffic on our roads with drivers heading to cottages, music festivals or a local Pan Am games venue.

“When you’re packing your car, pack a little patience,” he said. “You’re going to get where you need to go (but) it may take a little bit longer because of traffic volume, construction, all of those different factors that come into play.”

Don’t touch your phone until you arrive at your destination, check your vehicle’s lighting system before heading out and make sure you trailer is secured properly, Leon said. Drive according to the weather, which may mean going slower than posted speed limits, he added.

— with files from The Toronto Star.

June one of deadliest on record for OPP-patrolled roads

News Jul 08, 2015 by Sara Carson Innisfil Journal

It’s not a number the Ontario Provincial Police is proud to report: 38 people killed on OPP-patrolled roadways in June including four in Simcoe County.

“The loss of that many lives, I don’t know how to describe that loss,” said OPP Sgt. Peter Leon. “It’s monumental.”

Dubbed one of the deadliest Junes on record, 26 males and 12 females lost their lives compared to 17 people total in May, said Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, who heads up the force’s traffic safety and operational support.

“That is the largest month over month jump since June-July 2010,” he told The Toronto Star.

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Almost all were either 19 years and under, or 55 and older. In a majority of the crashes, speed or inattentive driving were cited as contributing factors.

On June 4, the vehicle 21-year-old Jessica Smith was driving left the roadway and struck a hydro pole in Mono. A 35-year-old man from Timmins was killed in a motorcycle crash in Alliston June 21. A head-on collision on June 27 in Tiny Township killed Anthony Bakuniec, 87 and Ruth Bakuniec, 86, of Tiny.

All 38 fatalities likely could have been prevented through a correction in driver behaviour, Leon said, noting speeding, drinking and driving and distracted driving continue to be a problem, despite OPP warnings. Drivers are not adhering to the advice, Leon said.

“We can only repeat and continue to educate and part of education regrettably is enforcement,” he said.  “You’re certainly seeing a great presence on our roadways with respect to OPP enforcement.”

June weather was extremely wet, so summer is just getting started, Leon said. You can expect to see more traffic on our roads with drivers heading to cottages, music festivals or a local Pan Am games venue.

“When you’re packing your car, pack a little patience,” he said. “You’re going to get where you need to go (but) it may take a little bit longer because of traffic volume, construction, all of those different factors that come into play.”

Don’t touch your phone until you arrive at your destination, check your vehicle’s lighting system before heading out and make sure you trailer is secured properly, Leon said. Drive according to the weather, which may mean going slower than posted speed limits, he added.

— with files from The Toronto Star.

June one of deadliest on record for OPP-patrolled roads

News Jul 08, 2015 by Sara Carson Innisfil Journal

It’s not a number the Ontario Provincial Police is proud to report: 38 people killed on OPP-patrolled roadways in June including four in Simcoe County.

“The loss of that many lives, I don’t know how to describe that loss,” said OPP Sgt. Peter Leon. “It’s monumental.”

Dubbed one of the deadliest Junes on record, 26 males and 12 females lost their lives compared to 17 people total in May, said Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, who heads up the force’s traffic safety and operational support.

“That is the largest month over month jump since June-July 2010,” he told The Toronto Star.

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Almost all were either 19 years and under, or 55 and older. In a majority of the crashes, speed or inattentive driving were cited as contributing factors.

On June 4, the vehicle 21-year-old Jessica Smith was driving left the roadway and struck a hydro pole in Mono. A 35-year-old man from Timmins was killed in a motorcycle crash in Alliston June 21. A head-on collision on June 27 in Tiny Township killed Anthony Bakuniec, 87 and Ruth Bakuniec, 86, of Tiny.

All 38 fatalities likely could have been prevented through a correction in driver behaviour, Leon said, noting speeding, drinking and driving and distracted driving continue to be a problem, despite OPP warnings. Drivers are not adhering to the advice, Leon said.

“We can only repeat and continue to educate and part of education regrettably is enforcement,” he said.  “You’re certainly seeing a great presence on our roadways with respect to OPP enforcement.”

June weather was extremely wet, so summer is just getting started, Leon said. You can expect to see more traffic on our roads with drivers heading to cottages, music festivals or a local Pan Am games venue.

“When you’re packing your car, pack a little patience,” he said. “You’re going to get where you need to go (but) it may take a little bit longer because of traffic volume, construction, all of those different factors that come into play.”

Don’t touch your phone until you arrive at your destination, check your vehicle’s lighting system before heading out and make sure you trailer is secured properly, Leon said. Drive according to the weather, which may mean going slower than posted speed limits, he added.

— with files from The Toronto Star.