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OPP to ramp up enforcement due to high number of fatal crashes

The OPP is set to ramp up enforcement on the province’s highways due to a disturbing trend—the number of people killed on highways has more than doubled since last year.

Since Jan. 1, 17 people have been killed, the OPP said. Eight people lost their lives in highway crashes in the same period last year.

Seven teenagers lost their lives in two separate crashes that happened on the same day—Jan. 3. One of the accidents happened on Highway 69, near Parry Sound, and the second on Highway 17, near Sudbury.

Police will be focusing on the “Big Four” problems on the roads, which include: aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and people not using seat belts.

“The OPP is committed to addressing this disturbing start to the year with heightened education and enforcement.  We will be relentless in our approach,” Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander Highway Safety Division, said in a statement. “We intend to use every available means at our disposal to stem this needless loss of lives.”

Police are also reminding motorists to adjust their driving to weather conditions.