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Local OPP give year-to-date stats for Road Safety Week

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It’s road safety week across the country.  Our local police will be educating the public about safe driving practices throughout the week with the focus on behaviors that put drivers, passengers, and other road users at risk.  West Parry Sound OPP Staff Sergeant Ron Campbell says if you choose to speed, consume alcohol or drugs, talk on your phone, or not wear your seat belt, you are increasing the chances of seriously injuring or killing yourself, your passengers, or other road users when involved in a motor vehicle collision.  So far this year, police in West Parry Sound have dealt with 269 motor vehicle collision which resulted in 25 serious injuries, 14 drivers charged with drinking and driving offences, six drivers charged in the warn range, 10 drivers or passengers charged with seat belt offences, and 39 drivers charged with driving while disqualified or suspended.  Police say these numbers are preventable and it is up to the police and the public to work together to ensure that Canada’s roadways are the safest in the world.

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