Prescott – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Distracted Driving Campaign is next week (March 12-18, 2018).
Distracted driving is a form of impaired driving as a driver’s judgment is compromised when they are not fully focused on the road. Texting is among the most dangerous activities to carry out while driving, but distracted driving refers to all forms of distracted or inattentive driving. Other examples include such things as talking on the phone, eating and drinking, personal grooming and tending to children in the vehicle. During the campaign, officers will be targeting these and any other forms of distraction they observe as impairing a motorist’s driving ability.
Electronic devise use has become more prevalent in the past years and has been the cause of numerous motor vehicle collisions. It is against the law to operate hand-held communication and electronic entertainment devices while you are driving, or to view display screens unrelated to your driving. Examples of hand-held devices include:
- Cell phones
- Laptops and DVD players
Drivers are permitted to use any device that they do not touch, hold or manipulate while driving. For example, drivers can use a cell phone if they are using a “hands-free” function, but actions such as dialing or scrolling through contacts is not allowed when driving. Drivers can use a GPS, provided the GPS is mounted and they have imputed the information prior to driving. Media players are also permitted, but the playlist must be activated before driving. Simply, if the device causes you to focus on it when driving, then you are driving distracted.
Drivers who endanger others because of any distraction can be charged under the Ontario Highway traffic Act or even with Dangerous Driving, under the Criminal Code of Canada. The Grenville County OPP encourages everyone to drive safely safe and keep their focus on the road. Please, put down the phone and leave it alone.