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13 fatalities were attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol. Photo:  <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/fakeisthenewreal/88015232/">fakeisthenewreal</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
13 fatalities were attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol. Photo: fakeisthenewreal, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Off-road vehicle deaths spike in Ontario

Provincial police say off-road vehicle deaths have reached a four-year high and the force is concerned heading into the Victoria Day long weekend.

A total of 20 people died in off-road vehicle incidents in OPP jurisdiction during 2013 -- 13 of them attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol.

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Police say there were 12 such deaths in 2012, 14 in 2011 and 17 in 2010. OPP call the statistics “alarming” and are warning riders who include alcohol and exclude helmets as part of their riding activity to curb these deadly behaviors.

(The Canadian Press)

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