Long Weekend Reminder: OPP Report Fatalities Are Up Right Across the Board As We Observe Road Safety Week

By: Kw Now Local News - OPP
| Published 05/12/2020


Use Extreme Caution Over The Long Weekend

Road Kill: Speed, Impaired, Distracted, Aggressive And Unrestrained Occupants = Fatalities

Canada Road Safety Week Is May 12th-18th

As the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) looked toward Canada Road Safety Week, it reported an increase in road fatalities as well as the leading behaviours linked to the deaths, which are the very focus of the national campaign.

As of May 4, 2020, 71 people have died in fatal collisions on OPP-patrolled roads. This time last year, there were 61 deaths.

While speed is linked to the highest number of fatalities (17 this year), inattentive-related deaths (12) have seen the most significant spike and are up 300 per cent over last year.

All other leading traffic fatality causal factors are up, as are fatal collisions and pedestrian deaths:

OPP traffic data 2020 - 2019 Change

Number of fatal collisions 63 - Up From 57 UP 10.5 %

Persons killed 71 - Up From 61 - UP 16.4 %

Speed-related fatalities 17 - Up From 61 - 15 UP 13.3 %

(Lack of) seat belt-related fatalities 15 - Up From - 12 UP 25.0 %

Inattentive-related fatalities 12 - Up From - 3 - UP 300.0 %

Alcohol/drug-related fatalities 12 10 UP 20.0 %

Pedestrians fatalities 14 - Up From - 8 - UP 75.0 %

Fatalities - Understanding The WHY

"Drivers need to carefully consider the main behaviours and actions that are linked to the many lives lost on our roads every year. Fatigue and prescription drug use are forms of impaired driving. Aggressive driving isn't just about speeding, it includes tail-gaiting and other unsafe maneuvers. Distracted driving isn't just about cell phones, it's also about programming your GPS or eating behind the wheel. Safe drivers mean safe roads. Drive like your life depends on it, because it does," said OPP Chief Superintendent Rohan Thompson, Commander, Highway Safety Division.

During Canada Road Safety Week (May 12-18, 2020) the OPP is joining police services across Canada, ensuring drivers and other roads users are helping to keep roads safe.


  • A total of 335 people died in 304 fatal collisions on OPP-patrolled roads in 2019.
  • The OPP responded to 74,771 collisions last year, marking a five-year high.
  • Canada Road Safety Week supports Canada's Road Safety Strategy 2025 (See link below)

The Reality

Each year in Canada, about 2,000 people are killed and 165,000 are injured, (10,000 seriously), while using our road transportation system and costs society $37 billion (2.2% of Canadian GDP) annually (1). Addressing road crash casualties is a challenge that each country in the world is facing. Making improvements to our road system of users, infrastructure and vehicles can reduce the number of Canadians that will die or be injured on our roads.