Provincial police responded to 198 crashes in the northeast region over the weekend — crashes that were largely caused by people simply driving too fast in bad weather, an OPP inspector says.

The OPP's Mark Andrews said charges like "follow too close, careless driving, and fail to yield" were laid as officers dealt with collisions in a number of areas, including Sudbury, Manitoulin Island, Wawa, North Bay, Powassan, Temiskaming Shores, Kirkland Lake and South Porcupine.

On Friday afternoon, provincial police shut down several highways in the region, including sections of Highway 17 near Sudbury, Highway 11 between North Bay and Temiskaming Shores, Highway 69 south of Sudbury, and a different section of Highway 17 between Batchwana and Wawa.


OPP Inspector Mark Andrews. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

"We did have in the middle of all this — believe it or not — we still had impaired drivers that were involved in collisions. We had wildlife still moving through that blowing snow that we had collisions with. So, all of those things: it was just a very busy, busy weekend."

Driving reminders 'tiring'

Having a total of 198 crashes since Friday is uncharacteristically high, even in poor driving conditions, Andrews said.

“I don’t want to use the term fed-up [but] it does get a bit tiring,” he said.

“You just think, ‘Ok, what more do we need to do, what aren’t we doing [and] how come we’re not getting this message out?’”

He also noted that the fatal crash in the northeast near Kirkland Lake on Saturday was not weather-related. 

Meanwhile, Greater Sudbury Police also reported a busy weekend on local roads. Officers received reports of more than 50 crashes between noon Friday and Sunday due to bad weather.

Meanwhile, Greater Sudbury Police reported a busy weekend on roads within the city.

Officers said they received reports of more than 50 crashes between noon on Friday and Sunday due to poor weather.