UPDATE: Distracted driving number one killer on Ontario roads

OPP release stats as province eyes changes to law

Toronto police pull over distracted drivers in a hearse
Amber Gero

The province is expected to introduce distracted driving legislation in the next couple of weeks, to attach demerit points to offences.

And as we wait for that, the OPP has releases a disturbing but not surprising statistic - distracted driving is the biggest killer on Ontario roads.

Sgt. Peter Leon says last year, distracted driving was responsible for 78 deaths in accidents. That's compared to 57 caused by impaired driving and 44 caused by speed.

Leon says the OPP welcomes any move by the province to impose stricter fines to distracted driving.

The transportation minister has said the province is considering increasing the range for fines as well, so the courts could alter how much a fine is without having to to go back to the province.

On March 17th, the fine for distracted driving is going up from $155 to $280.

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  1. Marc V. posted on 03/04/2014 06:24 PM
    This is a very serious issue. Please take a moment to view and share the following PSA video against texting and driving, which was done as a collaboration between the Algonquin College School of Media & Design in Ottawa, and the Ottawa Police Service.
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