It's been a "tragic and heartbreaking" two weeks on Ontario highways, according to Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.
26 people died on O.P.P. patrolled highways between Jan. 1 and 15, he said — up from 7 people during the same period last year.
"That's a very startling number," Schmidt told CBC Toronto.
But Schmidt cautions against chalking up the spike in fatalities to the weather.
"Poor road conditions and poor weather conditions don't cause crashes. It's poor driving that causes crashes," he said.
Schmidt said that speed and aggressive driving were factors in "several" of the fatal collisions, and cautioned his twitter followers to slow down, especially when driving in snow.