By Haldimand Press Staff
When the OPP travels Ontario’s roads looking for safety concerns, it’s the ‘Big 4’ they’re focused on. Impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and failure to wear a seatbelt are the four leading causal factors in vehicular accident deaths. While any driving infractions have the ability to cause an accident and to cause harm to those involved, the Big 4 lead the statistics in preventable deaths on the road.
“Over the last decade, Big 4 charges have decreased with a clear down trend year over year,” said Haldimand Community Safety Officer Mary Gagliardi. However, she notes that while the charges are generally decreasing, “Big 4 fatalities have remained more stable with increases and decreases year to year.”
Interestingly, every category of the Big 4 saw an increase in charges laid in 2021 compared to 2020. As predicted by Gagliardi, this didn’t correlate to increases across the board in fatalities involving the Big 4, which instead saw increases in two categories (speeding and distracted driving) while seeing similar decreases in the remaining categories (failure to wear a seatbelt and impaired driving).
“It’s unfortunate that there are drivers who continue to make poor decisions that can lead to tragic consequences. The OPP is dedicated to public safety on our roadways, but it is each and every driver’s responsibility to do their part in ensuring they reach their destination safely,” said Haldimand County OPP Staff Sergeant Belinda Rose. “Excessive speed, distracted driving, and alcohol continue to be the main cause of serious or fatal collisions. One fatal motor vehicle collision is one too many.”