OPP – Road Users Push Traffic Deaths Over 400 for First Time in 15 Years

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As national Canada Road Safety Week gets underway across the country, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding road users what can happen when they don’t share the road safely.

Sadly, 2023 was a historically tragic year on OPP-patrolled roads, with 411 people killed in collisions. The year marked the first time the number of fatalities exceeded 400 since 2007. What has not changed are the behaviours and actions linked to these deaths.


“Speeding, driver inattention, impaired driving and failure to wear a seatbelt account for a significant number of road fatalities year after year. Because these road deaths are linked to poor behaviours and actions, they are irrefutably preventable. Please drive safely and ensure you and your passengers buckle up. By doing so, you are respecting the right of every road user to be safe and, more importantly, helping to save lives.”

— Thomas CARRIQUE, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner.

“There is no excuse for dangerous or distracted driving. Road safety is everyone’s shared responsibility and should be top of mind every time you get in the driver’s seat. Slow down, follow the rules of the road, and stay focused. Every life is precious, and everyone needs to make it home safely.”

— Michael KERZNER, Ontario Solicitor General

“Everyone deserves to get home safely to their family at the end of the day. That’s why our government will be introducing strong measures to crack down on dangerous drivers, so we can protect families and build safer communities for everyone. During Canada Road Safety Week – and every week – it is important to buckle up, follow the rules, and share the road with others.”

— Prabmeet SARKARIA, Ontario Minister of Transportation

During Canada Road Safety Week, the OPP will join police services across the country to collectively target behaviours that place drivers, passengers and other road users at risk.

Pete Fisher
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