Toronto police to target distracted driving in downtown core

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Too many accidents involving pedestrians and a noticeable increase in the number of road accidents has prompted Toronto Mayor John Tory and Toronto police to go after distracted drivers.

“Distracted driving continues to be a major contributor to deaths and injuries and collisions, including in particular, those involving pedestrians and cyclists,” Tory said.

“It must become a thing of the past.”

It may be recalled that tougher distracted driving laws came into effect across the province on Jan. 1. Going forward, drivers will now face higher fines and stiffer penalties if they aren’t focused on the road. Distracted driving includes texting, checking maps, eating, reading and even typing a destination into the GPS.

Toronto police will begin a distracted driving blitz on Monday.

Police say they’ve been noticing a trend in people trying to hide their phones in their laps. Officers will be keeping an eye on drivers through a variety of ways, including on transit.

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“Officers will be out in marked and unmarked vehicles, pick-up trucks, vans and bicycles,” Superintendent Scott Baptist explained.

Toronto police will also be cracking down on drivers clogging up streets in the downtown core through illegal stops and blocking intersections in another tag-and-tow blitz.

This is a leading cause of congestion and it is high time something is done about it. -CINEWS

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