OPP’s March Break distracted driving campaign is working

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This week the OPP launched its March Break distracted driving campaign with its more than usual visible presence on OPP-patrolled streets. And residents weary of speeding cars and other large vehicles may have noticed more road discipline.

Distracted driving is considered the most-deadly behaviour behind the wheel.

So far this year, 83 crashes on OPP-patrolled roads are being blamed on inattentive drivers. For the fifth year in a row, distracted driving-related deaths have surpassed speed-related fatalities.

This week, police will be looking for those who not only talk on cellphones or text while driving, but those eating, reading, and engaging in other activities that cause distractions.

The penalty is a $490 ticket and three demerit points. These days many drivers not only look at dangers lurking on the streets but watch drivers around them and steer clear off them. One driver says he moves away from any vehicle driven by someone on his or her cellphone out of an abundance of caution.

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The funny thing is that drivers of speeding cars are usually very focused on the road given they need all the attention, the ones who can cause an accident could be the one cruising along and obeying the speed limit but doesn’t have his eyes on the road. – CINEWS

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