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Harley Davidson Special: Bob Sieger Fighting Against the Wind with Province , Provincial Windfall Wide, Harley Davidson owners see no helmets and lower costs not their “fault” , says new report.

May 15th, 2018 | by Richard Paul
Harley Davidson Special: Bob Sieger Fighting Against the Wind with Province , Provincial Windfall Wide, Harley Davidson owners see no helmets and lower costs not their “fault” , says new report.
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Almost half of 48 motorcyclists killed in crashes in 2017 were not at fault: OPP


Half of the motorcyclists killed in 2017 were not at fault, the OPP says. LUKE HENDRY / POSTMEDIA

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The OPP says it’s raising “red flags” about last year’s death toll as motorcycles and off-road vehicles get into gear for the Victoria Day weekend.

Ahead of a series of weekend safety initiatives, they’re warning all Ontario road users about what was a “historically tragic motorcycle season” in 2017, with the 48 deaths marking a 10-year high.

Almost half of the victims were not the at-fault driver.

“Over and above marking a 10-year high, what made last year’s 48 motorcyclist deaths particularly tragic was the fact that almost half (22) of the motorcycle drivers were not the at-fault driver,” the OPP said in a release.

The top contributing factors in the fatal crashes were alcohol or drug impairment, improper turns, excessive speed and failing to yield.

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Meanwhile, nine of 22 off-road vehicle drivers who were killed in 2017 weren’t wearing a helmet, the OPP reported. The leading cause of off-roading deaths was losing control of the vehicle.

Last year, the OPP recorded the most road fatalities in five years, with 343 people losing their lives, Commissioner Vince Hawkes said in a release.

“Regardless of where your travels take you this week and over the weekend, please know that driving safely means driving the number of road deaths way down,” he said. “The OPP, our policing partners and the thousands of families travelling on Ontario roads this week are counting on you to help make that happen.”Daytona-Beach-Bike-WeekBuckingham QC & Daytona Beach606148-1600x1200

 

The OPP is part in the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police-led Canada Road Safety Week from May 15-21 tackling the “big four” causes of road deaths including impaired, distracted and aggressive driving and lack of seat-belts or child seats.

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