Leeds County– The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is gearing up for its Distracted Driving Campaign next week (March 12-18, 2018) and they are looking to the public to help make it a historic success.
To help kick off the campaign, Leeds OPP is asking drivers across Ontario to take a hard line on distracted driving once and for all by making Monday, March 12, 2018 the first day of a life-long commitment to keep all hand-held devices out of reach and out of use while behind the wheel. Those who use hand-held phones while driving also put the lives of their passengers at risk and the OPP is asking passengers to take matters into their own hands by telling those who drive them while distracted to “put down the phone and leave it alone”.
The OPP is issuing an important reminder that, while texting is among the most dangerous activities to carry out while driving, distracted driving refers to all forms of distracted or inattentive driving, such as talking on the phone, eating and drinking, personal grooming and tending to children in the backseat. During the campaign, officers will be targeting these and any other forms of distraction they observe as impairing a motorist’s driving ability.
“Drivers need to remember that the real danger to the motoring public lies in the distraction, not the device,” said Inspector Mike Francis, Commander of the Leeds OPP Detachment. “We continue to see careless drivers texting and talking on their phones and engaging in other forms of distraction. Motorists need to realize that they may need to change their own driving behaviour to improve road safety for everyone,”
Distracted Driving is one of the Big 4 high risk driving behaviours which leads to serious or fatal motor vehicle collisions on our provincial roadways. The OPP Provincial Traffic Safety Program incorporates high police visibility, measurable outcomes, professional traffic stops and public education in their ongoing efforts to save lives on Ontario roads, trails and waterways.
“PUT DOWN THE PHONE AND LEAVE IT ALONE”