By: Luke Jones, Published on July 7, 2017 07:05 PM, Last Update on July 11, 2017 06:07 AM
The Canada Day weekend was a time for celebration as people around the country celebrated 150 years of the Canada Confederation. However, the long weekend also resulted in a number of fatal auto collisions in Ontario. The province’s Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) says that several people lost their lives this Canada Day.
In a released document, the OPP says that five people died in collisions during the weekend. Two of the collisions involved motorcycles, with the vehicle operator dying in both circumstances. OPP says excessive speed was the cause of one of the fatalities.
OPP points out that there have been 113 total fatalities from collisions on Ontario’s roads in 2017. Speed is the main factor in the deaths, with 31 fatalities caused by breaking the designated speed limit.
Officers say they were paying extra focus to speeding motorists during the Canada Day weekend, while also looking for others “engaged in other forms of aggressive driving”. The clamp down resulted in over 5,800 speeding tickets being issued in Ontario during the weekend.