Ontario Provincial Police laid 213,000 speeding charges last year

Jun 30 2018, 2:31 am

The OPP will be on the lookout for speeding and aggressive drivers this long weekend.

The Ontario Provincial Police laid nearly 213,000 speeding charges and more than 4,800 street racing charges against Ontario drivers in 2017.

Yonge male drivers are, perhaps unsurprisingly, among the biggest speeding and street racing offenders in the province.

Among last year’s speeding charges, close to 148,000 were issued to male drivers, compared to female drivers drawing over 65,000 charges. According to OPP data, here are the top three male/female age group offenders:

Speeding charges (males by age group): 
16 to 20 years: 5,939 charges
25 to 34 years: 37,498 charges
35 to 44 years: 27,959 charges
45 to 54 years: 26,212 charges

Speeding charges (females by age group): 
16 to 20 years: 2,699 charges
25 to 34 years: 17,433 charges
35 to 44 years: 12,817 charges
45 to 54 years: 11,541 charges

Among the street racing charges issued for driving more than 50 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit, males drew more than 4,100 charges, while close to 760 were issued to females. Below are the top three male/female age group offenders:

Street racing charges (males by age group):
16 to 20 years: 447 charges
25 to 34 years: 1,382 charges
21 to 24 years: 968 charges
35 to 44 years: 622 charges

Street racing charges (females by age group):
16 to 20 years: 91 charges
25 to 34 years: 260 charges
21 to 24 years: 155 charges
35 to 44 years: 130 charges

“When you speed, follow too closely, fail to yield right-of-way or engage in road rage behaviour, you are not just breaking the law. You are contributing to preventable road deaths on OPP-patrolled roads every year that are linked to these aggressive driving behaviors,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair in a news release. “We are urging all drivers to be mindful of this over the Canada Day Long Weekend and throughout the year.”

The OPP will be deploying its fixed-winged aircraft and helicopter resources over the weekend in part of its Canada Day Long Weekend Aggressive Driving Campaign in an effort to help “Ontarians and tourists to do their part to help make it a zero fatality/injury Canada Day Long Weekend.”

It means officers will have a bird’s eye view of OPP-patrolled roads, waterways and trails and will be “watching for drivers who speed and engage in other forms of aggression.”

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