When you really think about it, the term “dangerous driving” is kind of redundant.
OPP Highway Patrol officers know this as well as anyone, but they also know that a few simple safety precautions can make a world of difference.
That’s why they were out in full force over Labour Day weekend, trying to get their message across one more time with “Operation Broken Record.”
“You see smashed lights and we start looking and the battery is loose here and bald tires in the back, so this one needs some work,” laughed OPP Sgt. Cam Woolley after inspecting one accident waiting to happen.
But there were hundreds more.
More than 100 people not wearing seatbelts, people with loose car seats, drunk drivers and just generally unsafe vehicles were everywhere on Ontario’s roads over the last holiday weekend of the summer.
“Our sole purpose out here this weekend, and every long weekend during the summer is to get the vehicles that are unsafe off the road,” said OPP Cst. Linda Dean.
“It’s just amazing how many there are out there.”
More than 500 charges were laid in the GTA, while several thousand were written up across the province.
And even with all that effort, disaster still struck.
“A car traveling on Highway 48, on wet roads – it wasn’t raining – apparently crossed the centre line and collided head on with a pick-up truck (pictured),” said Woolley.
“The two people in the car were declared dead on scene by the coroner.”
Police say aggressive driving may have caused that incident, and officials say it’s a constant problem that even the safest car in the world doesn’t make acceptable.
“100 to 105 kilometres per hour is a very comfortable speed,” suggests Cst. Dean.
“Enjoy your trip…take that time to wind down, don’t get in your vehicle and become an animal because getting home is the most important thing.”