Toronto Police say distracted driving charges skyrocket

Toronto police have seen a 37% increase in distracted driving from last year. (Photo: REUTERS/Mark Blinch)
Toronto police have seen a 37% increase in distracted driving from last year. (Photo: REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

Toronto’s police force isn’t very happy with the city’s drivers. The Traffic Services department recently released a “road safety recap” report that’s chock full of statistics, including 37%, which is the increase in distracted driving charges laid between April 3, 2016 and April 3, 2017.

Despite implanting two campaigns targeting drivers who use mobile devices, which were banned by the Ontario government in 2009, drivers are still not getting the message that distracted driving is the leading cause of death in the province.

Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Vince Hawkes had this to say regarding distracted driving deaths: "Road deaths linked to distracted drivers will not let up unless every road user says 'enough is enough' and shows a complete intolerance for what continues to be the most life-threatening driver behaviour on our roads…we want to see every Ontarian, especially passengers of all ages, take a firm stand against those who endanger their lives by using their cell phones or engaging in other forms of distractions behind the wheel."

Drivers in Toronto and across the country would do well to put their devices down and focus on the road during this Easter long weekend – savings lives isn’t worth sending the latest gossip via text message. Now if only something could be done about those gas prices!
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