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OPP laments preventable deaths

By Sudbury Star Staff

Distracted driving has accounted for more than a third of the fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads so far this year.

Out of 182 traffic deaths in the province, 63 of those have been attributed to inattentive driving, while speeding accounted for 56 deaths.

Impairment by alcohol or drugs was blamed in 32 cases, while failing to buckle up properly contributed to 31 deaths.

In an effort to reduce the number of these preventable fatalities, the OPP is conducting Operation Impact over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend.

"During this highly collaborative annual campaign, the OPP will conduct enforcement and raise awareness of these driving behaviours which, year after year, monopolize road fatality causal factors," the provincial force said in a release.

"No family or other road user traveling this Thanksgiving Long Weekend -- or any other time -- should have to worry about dying or being injured because of the careless actions of another driver."

According to Transport Canada's last complete year of traffic data, 1,852 people died and 10,280 more were seriously injured on Canadian roads in 2015.

"The single greatest influence on reducing this senseless loss of life is safe, defensive drivers who observe traffic laws at all times," said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair. "The OPP remains committed to doing its part, but we count on these drivers every day to help us save lives."

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