With 72,000 kilometers (45,000 miles) of paved roads to police from border to border, traffic safety is a core function of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the delivery of its public safety mandate. One of the attributes that has earned the OPP its international reputation as a leader in traffic safety is its dedication and commitment to finding new, innovative ways to reduce the number of lives lost on Ontario roads.
The OPP has seen a dramatic reduction in road deaths since implementing its award-winning Provincial Traffic Safety Program (PTSP) in 2007. From 2005 to 2007, the number of motor vehicle collisions within OPP’s jurisdiction associated with impaired driving and other high-risk behaviors was approximately 450. Since 2008 (the first full year of the program), road deaths steadily declined, and over the last two years (2013–2014), the number fell below the 300 mark for the first time in more than 80 years.