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Five die in separate collisions over Canada Day weekend

While the Canada Day long weekend was a time for celebration, it was also a time of tragedy as the Ontario Provincial Police report that five people died in collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.

Two of the fatal collisions involved motorcycles, resulting in the deaths of both motorcycle drivers. Excessive speed was reported as a factor in one of the incidents.

The weekend collisions bring the total number of 2017 deaths on OPP-patrolled roads to 113 with speed remaining the leading causal factor, with 31 deaths attributed to this driving behaviour.

OPP officers heightened their focus on speeders and drivers engaged in other forms of aggressive driving during the weekend, laying more than 5,800 speeding charges across the province.

No fatal boating or off-road vehicle incidents were reported.