Nine Lives Lost During Three-Day Holiday Span

Seven motorists, one boater and one ATV accident result in fatalities

(ORILLIA, ON) – The OPP says the Canada Day long weekend was once again one of the busiest on Ontario roads, waterways and

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Nine lives lost over the long weekend. OPP News.

trails as many families began their summer vacations.

The weekend traditionally sees one of the year’s highest volumes of boats, camping, and ATV equipment being towed which — when combined with increased traffic flow — means a greater risk of becoming involved in a collision for those who are not completely focused on safe, defensive driving.

During the three-day period, the OPP investigated nine (9) incidents involving fatalities. There were seven (7) deaths involving motor vehicle collisions, one (1) fatal boating incident, and one (1) fatal ATV incident.

The total is five (5) fewer than the 14 fatal incidents that occurred in 2010 during a four-day span. OPP officers also laid 7,560 charges under the Highway Traffic Act…up significantly from the same period one year ago, but over a shorter duration.

“Despite the proven success of our Provincial Traffic Safety Program, it’s always troubling to see our enhanced enforcement efforts end in tragedy every July long weekend. The more than 7,500 charges we laid during the 2011 Canada Day weekend demonstrates the OPP is doing its part to keep people safe. Unfortunately, some motorists, boaters, and trail users are not doing their’s”.
– OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis.


During the 2011 Canada Day long weekend, OPP officers laid:

  • 102 Impaired Driving and Over .08 mg charges. An additional 88 persons had their driver’s licence suspended for having blood alcohol levels in the warn range.
  • 163 marine offence charges, and;
  • a total of 7,560 charges under the Highway Traffic Act, including 63 racing charges, where drivers had their vehicle impounded for seven days. This is an increase from the more than 6,100 charges laid during a four-day period in 2010.