|OPP are Concerned about Distracted Driving|
|Written by Ontario Provincial Police|
|Wednesday, 20 March 2013 10:08|
The Ontario Provincial Police continue to be concerned about the large number of drivers who continue to engage in the dangerous activity of Distracted Driving.
Distracted drivers are a safety risk to themselves and others. Studies show that a driver using a cell phone is four times more likely to be in a crash than a driver focused on the road. Other studies show that dialing and texting carries the highest degree of risk of all cell phone related activities.
A driver may utilize their cell phone without a hands free system when:
Distracted driving can also be defined as any activities which takes a driver`s attention away from driving which includes: adjusting the stereo, searching for something in the car; eating and drinking while driving; using a handheld device; watching television or other entertainment devices.
The fine for using hand help phones and entertainment devises while driving is $155.00 Drivers who drive without due care and attention and allow themselves to be distracted by other activities can also be charged with the more serious offence of Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act. Fines for Careless Driving can range from $400.00 to $2,000.00, result in a licence suspension of up to two years and/or a jail term of not more than six months.
Inspector Percy Jollymore reminds motorists that "using a hands-free phone while driving is permitted when you follow the conditions outlines in the Highway Traffic Act, however, we urge all drivers to minimize distractions whether they are illegal or not. Hands-free calls should be kept to a minimum so drivers can concentrate on their main task of driving!"