Close to 8,000 charges laid during ‘Operation Impact’ campaign on long weekend

ORILLIA – Four people lost their lives in separate vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads and one boater was killed over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

In addition to what police call a “tragic and preventable loss of life,” the long weekend also saw the OPP join Canadian policing partners to conduct “Operation Impact,” a national traffic enforcement initiative.

Police say “thousands of drivers posed a threat to the safety of road users throughout the province,” as the OPP laid 7,953 charges.

Charges laid during the four-day campaign include:

– 4,829 for speeding;

– 86 for stunt driving/racing;

– 283 for seatbelt offences;

– 131 for impaired driving; and

– 60 for distracted driving.

“Motorists are reminded that traffic laws are designed to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities and that they are only effective if drivers comply with them.” police stated.