Durham Regional Police are reminding drivers to be considerate of others on the road with the release of the latest video looking at the "Big 4" killers on our roads.
In Durham the past two years, 25 per cent of life threatening personal-injury collisions were attributed to aggressive driving. Transportation Canada stats also show that 40 per cent of speeding drivers that were involved in fatal crashes were between the ages of 16 and 24.
Aggressive driving is the most prevalent of the "Big 4" and includes these dangerous practices:
-running red lights
-following too closely
-weaving in and out of traffic
-not properly yielding right of way
Following the introduction of anti-racing legislation in 2007, the OPP reported that fatalities relating to speed dropped by 50 per cent from 2007 through 2009 on highways they patrolled.
Aggressive driving also occurs at intersections. Almost 75 per cent of serious injuries happen at intersections in the city. In this case, drivers over the age of 65 are much more likely to commit an infraction leading to an accident, with 40 per cent of all intersection fatalities resulting because a driver failed to yield the right of way, or disobeyed a traffic sign or signal.
The Durham Regional Police want drivers to be mindful of the “Big 4” killers on our roadways, impaired operation of a vehicle, failure to properly use a seatbelt, aggressive driving, and distracted driving.
For further information, visit drps.ca, our Facebook page or YouTube channel, or contact Sgt. Glenn Cournyea of the Traffic Services Branch at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5262.
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