Update: see previous posts – November 6, 2013 Ontario: Driver’s Talking/Texting Deadlier Than Impaired Drivers, October 4, 2013 Guelph: Court Rulings Mean Police Will Ticket When Motorist Simply Hold Their Phone
More than 150 drivers were given tickets for driving while texting or talking on a cellphone during a distracted driving blitz in Durham Region last week.
From January 20 to January 24, Traffic Services Branch (TSB) members, as well as front-line officers from each division, conducted an initiative that targeted drivers who use their cellphone while driving. A total of 243 Provincial Offence Notices (PONs) were handed out during the week-long blitz, and 153 of those were for cellphone use. Other offences included speeding, not wearing seatbelts and failing to stop for a red light.
DRPS would like to remind drivers that your full attention should be on the road while driving. Talking or texting on a cellphone, eating, playing with the radio or reading makes you a less safe driver as you take your eyes off the road.