The DRPS launched a new campaign today to educate motorists about the "Big 4 Killers" on our roadways.
The Traffic Services Branch (TSB) aims to educate drivers about the four main causes of fatal collisions: distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving and not wearing seatbelts. Flyers will be distributed to drivers throughout Durham Region, and an educational banner will be on display at various locations.
Our officers are out in Ajax stopping and ticketing motorists for the "Big 4 Killers', especially focusing on distracted driving as the fines for distracted driving offences increase today, March 18, from $155 to $280.
This new program is being launched during our annual In the Zone roadway safety blitz, which occurs the week after March Break.
To view our videos on the "Big 4 Killers", click here.
The province also announced it will raise the fines for distracted drivers in order to make roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. Under proposed legislation, Ontario would see drivers receive three demerit points on conviction for a distracted driving offence, while also allowing judges to fine an offender between $300 and $1,000. All three political parties have initially indicated their support, so it is anticipated the changes will be in effect in a few months.
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New handouts (JPG file, 1,298.7K bytes)
A TSB officer issues a ticket to a distracted driver. (JPG file, 1,058.7K bytes)
Officers work together to combat distracted driving. (JPG file, 1,015.8K bytes)
Supt. Mills speaks to the media about the "Big Four" Killers on our Roadways. (JPG file, 1,146.6K bytes)