OPP CRACKING DOWN ON DISTRACTED DRIVING 3/13/2018 1:26:13 PM
The Elgin OPP are cracking down on distracted drivers this March Break.
OPP Constable Ed Sanchuk says innattentive driving is the deadliest behaviour on OPP patrolled roads for the fifth year in a row beating out speeding and alcohol related deaths.
Inattentive drivers were behind 83 road fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads in 2017.
If convicted of distracted driving, a fully licenced driver will receive a fine of $400, plus a victim surcharge and court fee, for a total of $490 if settled out of court, a fine of up to $1,000 if you receive a summons or fight your ticket, three demerit points applied to your driver's record, and even drivers who endanger others because of any distraction, including hand-held and hands-free devices, may still be charged with Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act or even Dangerous Driving under the Criminal Code of Canada.