“A moment's inattention can result in injury and death,” said Insp. Percy Jollymore, East Algoma detachment commander. “Drivers are drifting across the centre line for whatever reason, possibly distraction or fatigue, and slamming into oncoming traffic. Drivers seem to let down their guard in sunny weather and are less alert to what’s going on around them.”
Speeding, following too closely, improper lane changes, improper passing, disobeying traffic control and failing to yield the right of way are significant factors in the collisions investigated by the OPP.
Officers are urging motorists to consider their driving habits and commit to changing behaviours that put themselves and their family’s lives at risk.
Texting and use of cellphones is prohibited while driving. Forty-nine per cent of adults say they have been passengers in a car when the driver was sending or reading text messages on their cellphone.
Overall, 44 per cent of adults say they have been passengers of drivers who used the cellphone in a way that put themselves or others in danger.
The OPP reminds motorists using the highways, that controlling your vehicle is your No. 1 priority. It only takes a split second for your vehicle to veer into oncoming traffic or onto the shoulder, a split second that could change your life forever.
“Our goal is to do our best to ensure that everyone on our roads makes it safely to their destination,” said the OPP.