OPP Continue Distracted Driving Campaign During March Break

The OPP are continuing their distracted driving campaign across the province and it appears some drivers are still not getting the message.

Muskoka411 went for a ride along with OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt from the Highway Safety Division and it didn’t take us long to find drivers using their phones while driving.

On the QEW exit to Hwy 403 in Oakville the driver of the white car said she was on her phone calling her mechanic after leaving the mechanic shop a short time earlier in the day.

The driver of the Jeep, who was from Alberta, was also using her phone while driving.

Meanwhile a female driver of a white SUV had the phone in her hand and was texting while driving. An interesting note is that this driver was also charged for speeding earlier in the day.

The OPP are especially concerned with these bad driving behaviours coupled with Mother Nature. With many parts of the province being hit with a major winter storm earlier in the week, increases the risk of getting into a collision much higher when drivers are distracted while driving.

The OPP reminds drivers

Pull over in a safe spot well off the roadway to use your phone.

A driver convicted of distracted driving faces:

  • A fine of $400, plus a victim surcharge and court fee
  • A fine of up to $1,000 if you receive a summons or fight your ticket
  • Three demerit points applied to your driver’s record

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