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Thousands of drivers charged over holiday weekend

Despite repeated warnings and safety blitzes drivers still aren’t getting the message about the dangers of aggressive, impaired and distracted driving with the OPP laying thousands of charges over the long weekend.

Four people died in vehicle crashes, including two in the GTA. A father and daughter were killed Sunday night when their van was struck by a vehicle travelling the wrong way on a QEW ramp to Highway 427. A 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving.

OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford said officers laid 6,500 speeding charges across the province.  There were 131 impaired driving charges and 169 roadside suspensions for driving with a blood alcohol level (BAC) between 0.05 and 0.08.

Drivers caught with a BAC in the 0.05 and 0.08 range can receive roadside suspensions.  Driving with a BAC above 0.08 can result in impaired driving charges.

Police also laid 164 distracted driving charges, 96 street racing charges and wrote 432 seatbelt tickets.