OPP Holding Distracted Driving Campaign During March Break

OPP are carrying out a distracted driving campaign this week for March Break, in response to the more than 9000 distracted driving-related collisions in the province last year.

The force reminds you that new penalties came into effect on January 1. Being caught using your mobile device while behind the wheel could lead to a $1000 fine, three demerit points, and a three-day license suspension.

The deaths of 55 people and more than 9,115 collisions were linked to an inattentive driver on OPP-patrolled roads in 2018. The OPP laid 13,529 Distracted Driving charges last year against drivers who chose to make roads unsafe by dividing their attention between driving and using a hand-held electronic device.

"Among the most dangerous drivers are those who continue to ignore the facts and convince themselves that using a cell phone while driving is not dangerous and forms part of today's driving culture," says OPP Interim Commissioner Gary Couture. "Never let a driver use this, or any other justification for using a hand-held device while driving. It is as dangerous a driving behaviour today as it was when Ontario's Distracted Driving laws came into force ten years ago".