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2016 Labour Day long weekend deadliest on Ontario roads in 20 years: OPP

Dave Chidley / File / The Canadian Press

With 14 road, marine and off-road vehicle deaths over this year’s Labour Day long weekend, the OPP said it was the deadliest in OPP-patrolled areas in 20 years.

Twelve people died on Ontario roads, including a single-vehicle crash in northwestern Ontario that killed four people.

One person died while on the water and another person died after an off-road vehicle collision.

READ MORE: Distracted driving deaths on track to double impaired driving fatalities: OPP

The OPP also conducted a province-wide inattentive driving campaign over the long weekend and police laid almost 800 distracted driving charges.

According to an Aug. 30 statement, the Ontario Provincial Police said distracted driving-related deaths are on track to double the number of impaired driving-related fatalities this year.

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Officers investigated 38 road deaths as of mid-August where the driver was found to not be paying attention versus 19 deaths involving impaired drivers, the statement said.

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