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A new traffic safety campaign by the OPP covers the entire 480-kilometre length of Highway 6.

The Safe on 6 campaign started on Monday, with a focus on enforcement and raising road safety awareness as the OPP works to reduce the number of serious crashes on the highway.

Highway 6 stretches from Port Dover and Hamilton in the south, through Wellington and Grey counties and winds its way up the Bruce Peninsula. It is a major artery for commuters and commercial traffic, and continues through Manitoulin Island before ending at Highway 17 in northern Ontario.

Last year there were 1065 collisions on Highway 6, with five deaths and 173 crashes that ended in injuries.

The Safe on 6 campaign is two days long and is designed to deal with motorists with unsafe driving behaviours, who are putting lives and property at risk.

“Highway 6 is a busy corridor and it’s only going to get busier as summer approaches, with an increase in vacationers and commercial traffic,” OPP West Region Traffic and Marine Manager Insp. Shawn Johnson said in a news release. “The OPP, along with our public safety partners is urging motorists to follow the rules of the road to ensure everyone gets to their destination safely.”

Officers from five detachments in the Highway 6 corridor will be joined by the OPP Highway Safety Division and the Ministry of Transportation during the campaign.

Source: Owen Sound Sun Times