OPP completes third week of Distracted Driving Campaign
ORILLIA, ON, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - From September 12-18, 2011 the OPP
conducted the third week of its "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other" campaign and sadly more lives were lost due to inattentive drivers.
"During the campaign, OPP officers laid an average of 165
distraction-related charges daily in OPP patrolled areas", says OPP
Commissioner Chris Lewis. "It's not about the number of tickets our
officers issue, it's about public safety and how we'd prefer to see
that people weren't driving distracted and putting the lives of
everyone around them at risk", he added.
Of the six fatal motor vehicle collisions that occurred within OPP
jurisdiction the week of the campaign, two people were victims of an
inattentive driver. "These two families have had their lives changed
forever and for what? Two very preventable deaths caused by the bad
decisions of these drivers", says Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey,
Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety.
The vast majority of drivers over-estimate their skills behind the wheel
and under-estimate the risk associated with distracted driving. They
think that because they've done it numerous times before with no
consequences, nothing bad will ever happen.
Some experts suggest that people prefer a certain amount of risk in
their environment, including while driving. They actually make changes
to their situation in order to match the amount of risk they prefer. It
seems that many drivers feel they are adequately skilled to drive while
texting or talking on their cell phone and last week's fatalities
clearly show that they are not.
The OPP's four one-week campaign over the course of the year serves to
heighten awareness about this dangerous driving behaviour and
ultimately reduce collisions, but the OPP wants to remind motorists
that enforcement of the distraction legislation is a priority every day
and if caught, you can expect to be charged to the fullest extent of
Using a cell phone or other electronic device while driving can result
in a fine of $155 under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) while. Watching
an entertainment device can also result in a fine ($110) under of the
HTA. Other forms of distracted driving can result in a charge of
Careless Driving with fines ranging from $400 to $2,000, a possible
licence suspension of up to two years and/or a jail term of not more
than six months.
What is Distracted Driving?
Tips on Managing Driver Distraction
Radio stations are invited to download and use Public Service
Announcements about the dangers of distracted driving from http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=545.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
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| North East Region: || Inspector Mark Andrews || Phone: (705) 471-0704 |
| North West Region: || Constable Shelley Garr || Phone: (807) 473-2734 |
| West Region: || Constable Aaron McPhail || Phone: (519) 352-1122 |
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