OPP Conducts Distracted Driving Campaign (August 30-September 2, 2019)
Orillia, On - With back-to-school pedestrians and school buses making roads, sidewalks
and crosswalks busier next week, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is conducting
a Labour Day Long Weekend Distracted Driving Campaign to underscore the importance
of paying full attention to driving.
In 2018, 24 pedestrians were killed in OPP jurisdictions, with inattentive driving
being the primary cause in seven (7) of the deaths. So far this year, there have
been 21 pedestrian deaths, two (2) of which were caused by motorists who were not
fully focused on driving.
The OPP investigated 304 school bus collisions last year, 76 of which were attributed
to motorists or school bus drivers who were engaged in some form of distraction.
There have been 158 school bus collisions so far this y ear, with 37 of the incidents
linked to motorists or school bus drivers who failed to give driving their undivided
"Drivers who use their cell phone or are distracted in other ways continue to endanger
the lives of people of all ages who share the road with them, be it as a driver,
passenger, pedestrian or cyclist. With the new school year set to begin, we need
all motorists to make a firm commitment to keeping all forms of distraction out
of the driver's seat." -- Acting Deputy Commissioner Alison Jevons, Provincial Commander,
OPP Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
"With the last long weekend of the summer fast approaching, let's stay vigilant
while driving. Protect your family, friends and other drivers by keeping your eyes
on the road at all times, be mindful behind the wheel and avoid di stracted driving
behaviours such as texting. Let's all have a safe and enjoyable Labour Day weekend."
-- Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General
The OPP is reminding passengers that they are never safe in a vehicle with a driver
who is texting or talking on their cell phone. Passengers can help save lives by
adopting a 'no cell phone use" policy with all drivers.
So far this year, the deaths of 26 people on OPP-patrolled roads have been linked
to inattentive drivers. There were 55 inattentive-related fatalities in 2018.
In 2018, the OPP laid more than 180 charges against drivers for failing to stop
for school buses.
Drivers who pas s a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing face fines
of $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points. Subsequent offences carry higher fines
and possible jail time.
As of January 1, 2019 new distracted driving penalties include a fine increase up
to $1,000, three demerit points and a three-day licence suspension.
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