The OPP says more people died on Ontario’s roads in 2016 than most years.

Police say, last year, 309 people were killed on OPP-patrolled roads.

That’s on top of 23 off-road vehicle deaths, 16 snowmobile deaths, and 38 pedestrian deaths.

The OPP says around 75 per cent of these deaths came down to drivers not paying attention, speeding, being impaired or not wearing their seat belts.

Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair is calling this a wake-up call to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians that they need to be safer in 2017.

It comes the Killaloe OPP has wrapped up campaigns such as Leave the Phone Alone to combat distracted driving, its Festive RIDE program and its current Snowmobile Safety Week.

Written by: Andreas Pandikiu