TORONTO – It’s March Break which will put an increased number of young drivers on the roads and with that an increased number of potential fatalities. This is because statistics show that drivers who simultaneously attempt to view or update the screens on their tablets, smartphones, or even laptops end up killing more people on the roads in Canada’s most populous province than impaired driving or even reckless driving.
his is according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) which reported that last year 65 people died on the roads at the hands of distracted drivers. Driving under the influence and excessive speeding claimed 57 and 44 lives respectively. Therefore, in a bid to promote public awareness and save lives, the OPP has announced they are going to crack down hard on distracted driving during a special blitz meant to coincide with the March Break. The fine for distracted driving is $155 but as of the 18th, it will jump to $280.
OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes said that distracted driver death wont let up.
“Road deaths linked to distracted drivers will not let up unless every road user says ‘enough is enough’ and shows a complete intolerance for what continues to be the most life-threatening driver behaviour on our roads,” said Commissioner Hawkes. “Starting with this campaign, we want to see every Ontarian, especially passengers of all ages, take a firm stand against those who endanger their lives by using their cell phones or engaging in other forms of distractions behind the wheel.” –
A driver convicted of distracted driving faces, a fine of $400, plus a victim surcharge and court fee, a fine of up to $1,000 if you receive a summons or fight your ticket and three demerit points applied to your driver’s record