Distracted drivers under scrutiny (editorial)
London Community News
The facts are not in dispute, yet people continue to die each day at the hands of distracted drivers.
Hoping to drive this message home again, the Ontario Provincial Police will be conducting a driving while distracted blitz, which started on Monday and continues through the weekend.
“Distracted driving is a major cause of collisions and serious injury on our roads.” said OPP detachment commander inspector Tony Cristilli. “Middlesex OPP will be conducting enforcement and educating drivers on the dangers of being inattentive. Simple changes in driver behaviour can greatly reduce the likelihood of a collision.”
The OPP defines distracted driving as any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from driving and can include adjusting the stereo or searching for something in the car.
Under the highway traffic act, using a cell phone or device capable of texting while driving can result in a fine of $155. Other forms of distracted driving can result in a charge of careless driving with fines ranging from $400 to $2,000, a possible licence suspension of up to two years, or a jail term of no more than six months, depending on the circumstances.
The OPP’s Distracted Driving campaign serves to heighten awareness in an effort to protect drivers, their passengers and other road users from the needless loss of life on our roads.
It is a driver’s responsibility to direct his or her entire attention to driving safely. Every driver also has the responsibility to become part of the solution to ending distracted driving.