Weather not to blame for spike in highway deaths: OPP

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A dramatic spike in the number of highway deaths in Ontario is not related to the weather conditions says the OPP despite bad driving conditions. A total of 26 people died on O.P.P. patrolled highways between Jan. 1 and 15, he said — up from 7 people during the same period last year. It isn’t the weather but poor driving that has caused the spike.

The province faced extreme winter weather during the first two weeks of the year, including freezing rain, heavy snow, and temperatures that have swung from the -20s to 13 C.

Speed and aggressive driving were factors in “several” of the fatal collisions, and cautioned his twitter followers to slow down, especially when driving in snow.

Driving under the current weather pattern, drivers need to plan their day ahead giving themselves more time to shovel off snow from their driveways, clear their cars and consider the slower traffic. It is often when people are running late that they tend to drive more carelessly and that can be seen on the streets even during bad weather.

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