With motorcyclists, off-roaders and boaters expected in large numbers this long weekend, the OPP is raising awareness of behaviours and contributing factors that are common in deaths across all three of these seasonal recreational driver/user classes.
(All data applies to 2018 in OPP-jurisdictions):
Driving too fast for the conditions seven, excessive speed six and alcohol impairment five were the top contributing factors in last year’s 36 motorcycle deaths. Seven of the deceased motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet.
More than half of last year’s 19 deceased off-road vehicle drivers were also not wearing a helmet. Alcohol and/or drugs were involved in at least eight of the fatalities. Losing control seven and driving too fast for the conditions four were the top driver actions reported in the deaths.
On the water, 22 of the 24 people who died in last year’s boating/paddling incidents were not wearing a life jacket. With falling overboard 11 and capsized vessels seven being the top primary causes in the deaths, life jacket use may have reduced the number of boating deaths significantly. Alcohol and/or drugs were involved in at least eight (8) of the fatalities.
The OPP Marine Program is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council for Safe Boating Awareness Week (May 18-24, 2019).