Police will be on the lookout for distracted drivers during March Break.
The OPP are reporting that 2016 marked the fourth consecutive year that inattentive drivers were behind the highest number of lives lost on OPP-patrolled roads over the other main causal factors in road fatalities, known as the “Big Four”.
In total, 65 people died in OPP-investigated collisions last year in which an inattentive driver was either a contributing factor or the primary cause of the death. In comparison to the other Big Four categories, 2016 ended with 55 speed-related, 53 seatbelt-related and 45 alcohol-related deaths.
As officers get set to conduct their annual province-wide Distracted Driving Campaign, the OPP is looking to Ontarians to help with the educational component of the campaign – a role that remains critical to helping keep Ontario roads safe.
- 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
- three demerit points applied to your driver’s record
Have a Safe and Happy March Break.