ORILLIA—Between January 4 and 31, citizens from across the province were asked to participate in a community satisfaction survey supported by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to measure public opinion about the services provided by the OPP throughout the province. Topics of discussion included the handling of crimes, marine and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) patrols, highway safety and traffic enforcement, response to major occurrences and more.
The responses have been gathered and the OPP is pleased to provide the results, available in both English and French according to a release.
Overall, the survey revealed that 97.5 percent of respondents felt ‘safe’ or ‘very safe’ in their communities and 95.5 percent felt ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the overall quality of services provided by the OPP.
When it comes to highway safety, 62.9 percent of respondents were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with the OPP’s enforcement of distracted driving laws.
“Policing is a commitment to serve and protect the fundamental rights of all people in this province,” says OPP Commissioner V.J.N. (Vince) Hawkes. “Each year, it is important for us to check in with Ontarians about how we’re doing and assess our priorities for the future. We will continue to work diligently to meet the evolving needs of our communities.”
“Distracted driving remains the deadliest behaviour on OPP-patrolled roads,” said OPP deputy commissioner Brad Blair. “Despite the OPP’s robust campaigns and year-round commitment to get motorists to drive distraction-free, we need the public to maintain a zero tolerance for distracted driving. Passengers in particular can be key to identifying and stopping these situations. It is this collaborative approach that will allow us to make significant gains in eliminating distracted driving and the resulting deaths on our roads.”