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OPP out in force for long weekend safety blitz

An OPP safety blitz at Highway 400 and King Road, Sept. 2, 2011. CITYNEWS.

The OPP will be out in force for the last long weekend of summer, checking for unsafe vehicles and impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers.

The provincial force ramped up enforcement to unprecedented levels for all of the long weekends. So far this year, 192 people have been killed in crashes on OPP-patrolled roads and police are hoping that grim tally doesn’t increase over the Labour Day weekend.

“With distracted driving being added to the list of causal factors in preventable deaths and injuries, our officers have faced as difficult a task as ever in enforcing laws on our roads, waterways and trails this year,” OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis said.

“Our long weekend enforcement this past year has been as ambitious as ever and we have every intention of carrying this momentum throughout and beyond the Labour Day weekend.”

A safety blitz was up-and-running Friday morning at Highway 400 and King Road.

Drivers are also being reminded to use extra caution on the roads Tuesday when kids head back to school.