Distracted driving blitz kicks off

Toronto and York Regional police are teaming up to crack down on distracted drivers

It's been illegal in the province of Ontario for the past five years, but GTA drivers still aren't getting the message.

Toronto and York Regional police are taking part in a 6-week distracted driving initiative in conjunction with CAA South Central Ontario.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness regarding high-risk behaviours behind the wheel, and urge you to focus on the road.

The blitz was launched near Steeles Avenue East and Don Mills Road this morning.

Plain clothes officers flagged down any drivers breaking the law while stopped at a red light. 

Ontario's ban on hand-held devices has been in effect since October 2009. The law makes it is illegal for motorists to talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held cell phones and other hand-held communication and entertainment devices. The use of hands-free devices is still permitted. Breaking that law, can result in a fine of $280.

Studies show that a driver using a cell phone is four times more likely to get into an collision than a driver focused on the road. Other studies show that dialing and texting carries the highest degree of risk of all cell phone-related activities, with motorists who text being 23 times more likely to have a collision. Teens and adults under 35 are the most frequent users of cell phones while driving.

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  1. Frankie posted on 07/29/2014 09:30 AM
    Another reason to distrust police. Car's turn at a stop sign, my turn is next. Car behind the guy goes through as I start up. I honk and it's an effing cop who stops and stares at me threateningly while I point out I had the right of way. Doesn't apologize. Another breed that think they're above the law. I'd report it but then they'll find a way to charge me with something bogus.

    Welcome to our police state!
  2. worrning worring posted on 07/29/2014 02:40 PM
    tax grab alert i repeat tax grab alert .
    1. Mark posted on 07/29/2014 04:39 PM
      @worrning worring Yes! And it's a great tax grab. If you can't leave your phone alone from the time it takes you to get from point A to point B you deserve the ticket! I don't want to see someone else get injured, or worse still, killed because some inconsiderate, self centered driver won't focus on their driving. The text can wait until you get where you are going.
  3. KenUBelievit posted on 07/29/2014 02:57 PM
    Of course it's just a tax grab. If they really wanted to stop people from repeating this behaviour they would sentence them to attend at a local morgue and view the body of an accident victim. That would have the desired effect but there's no money in that is there.
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