FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 12, 2015 2:20pm
(Ottawa) – As part of the Leave the Phone Alone distracted driving enforcement campaign, officers from the Ottawa Police Service and the O.P.P conducted a joint city wide enforcement blitz this morning, targeting drivers using cell phones.
In total, 65 Provincial Offence Notices (PON) were issued for handheld communication device and 71 PON for other offences. The fine for handheld communication device is $280.
“The goal of the blitz is to remind drivers that it’s impossible to use your phone and drive safely,” said Ottawa Police East Division Traffic Sergeant Denis Hull. “Driving requires your full attention and distracted driving puts yourself and others at risk.”
In 2013, 40% of collisions in Ottawa involved distracted driving. If statistics continue at the present rate, distracted driving will be the number one cause of injuries and fatalities on our roadways, surpassing impaired driving, by 2016.
Everyone has a role to play in preventing texting or talking while driving.
Drivers can simply put the phone away while driving;
- Passengers can remind drivers to focus on their driving if they reach for the phone;
- Children can remind parents not to drive distracted;
- Phone users can first ensure that the person they are calling or texting isn’t driving. If they are, tell them to wait until they can safely talk or text.
You can take the pledge not to text and drive at https://leavethephonealone.ca/pledge.php
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