By Adam Brazeau
S,D&G – During the last long summer weekend the Ontario Provincial Police are watching out for distracted drivers.
Drive safe over the long weekend.
OPP are stating that everyone traveling on roads and highways should be equally concerned about this alarming trend.
Since it's Labour Day weekend and the school season is gearing up, the OPP are placing emphasis on the dangers of driving will talking on a cell phone or using a handheld device.
In 2013, the amount of distraction-related collision fatalities in OPP jurisdiction continues to surpass impaired-driving related deaths.
“Most people would not get into a vehicle with an impaired driver and they are at as much risk in the presence of a distracted driver as an impaired driver,” said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division, in a statement.
According to OPP, 47 of the 177 killed in motor vehicle collisions they’ve investigated this year involved distracted driving. 32 fatalities were due to impaired driving-related collisions.
On the OPP’s radar over Labour Day weekend will also be aggressive driving behavior, impaired driving and seat belt compliance. The beef up in police presence will also surface on the waters and trails of the region.
Boaters and off-road vehicles (ORV) are urged not to speed, drive aggressively and to wear their seatbelts. ORV fatalities are up 80 per cent and marine fatalities are up more than 15 per cent this year.
The OPP have been investigating a number of frauds in relation to construction materials being purchased with phony credit cards.
Since 2012, suspects have been known to place an order with a fraudulent credit card to make payment. To add to the deceitful con, suspects sometimes hire a company to pick-up the order shortly after placing the call.
The credit card appears to be valid upon use, but is returned to the company as stolen or compromised. At that point, the material is already gone.
The OPP warns the public to be diligent in the proper use of credit cards. No materials should be provided unless the actual credit card is presented for payment. If you doubt the credibility of the card or cardholder, request a secondary piece of identification. Businesses are also able to call the credit card companies to ensure the card is valid.
If you have any information on fraud, contact (613) 347-2449.