LEEDS – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) In Leeds County participated in the 2019 Distracted Driving Campaign last week (March 11-17, 2019) and the results are in.
With the new tougher penalties including a fine increase up to $1000, three demerit points and a three-day licence suspension, Leeds OPP officers charged twenty four (24) drivers who chose to make roads unsafe by dividing their attention between driving and using various forms of electronics.
A man from Quebec was stopped on Highway 401 after officers recognized the famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Lion Roar on an electronic screen mounted on the vehicle’s windshield. The driver was stopped and charged prior to watching his movie.
Another driver was stopped and charged for operating his hand held communication device on Highway 401. While investigating that offence, officers also charged his three passengers who were found to be consuming alcohol.
Drivers need to remember that the real danger to the motoring public lies in the distraction, not the device. Leeds OPP patrolling officers continue to see careless drivers texting and talking on their phones and engaging in other forms of distraction.
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”