Members of DRPS joined officials in Uxbridge Monday to officially launch the week-long Ten & Two traffic campaign, aimed at getting distracted drivers off our roads.
Officers joined Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor, students from Uxbridge Secondary School and EMS workers to spread the message that distracted driving endangers lives.
The week-long campaign is aimed at educating motorists of the dangers of distracted driving. It’s being conducted to ensure public safety by proactively monitoring motorists who are not complying with hands-free legislation. DRP officers will be out across all municipalities in an effort to increase driver compliance and decrease the number of collisions related to distracted driving.
One the first day of the initiative almost 30 Provincial Offence Notices were issued to driver's using hand-held communication devices.
“Uxbridge has seen more than its fair share of motor vehicle deaths,” says Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor. “A lot of them have been the result of trying to multi-task behind the wheel.”
Mayor O’Connor welcomed two students from Uxbridge Secondary School, Andrew Hicks and Sam Allison, who told the group that the only thing we should be doing when driving, is in fact driving. They also spoke about the dangers of texting and walking, which can often lead to unnecessary collisions.
DRP Traffic Sergeant Shaun Arnott says it only takes a split second for a collision to take place while driving distracted. “Good drivers just drive,” he says. “We need to focus on the task at hand in order to keep the roads in Durham Region safe. “
Motorists are asked to report any distracted drivers online through the Road Watch link on our website, found under What’s New. Drivers can face a $155 fine if they are stopped while using a communication device.
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