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OPP reports 8 long-weekend deaths

Eight people died on roads, trails and waterways patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police over the holiday long weekend.

Police were called to six fatal crashes, including one on the QEW in Hamilton where a 32-year-old woman was run over after getting out of a car. An Oakville man, Billy Gladysz, 32, has been charged her murder.

And a 49-year-old man from Huron County died on Sunday while diving at a marine park in Lake Huron, near Tobermory. An eighth person was killed while driving an all-terrain vehicle.

Officers laid thousands of charges over the weekend, including 5,750 for speeding and 198 for impaired driving.

They caught hundreds more either street racing or not wearing their seatbelts, while also focusing their campaign on the Move Over law that came into effect in 2003.

Drivers who don’t slow down and leave a lane between their car and a parked emergency vehicle that has its lights flashing may be fined as much as $2,000 and get three demerit points for a first offence.

The OPP’s safety blitz ran from July 29 to Aug. 1.