This week, DRP will be on the roads in full force for National Road Safety Week. This campaign, which is led by the Canada Safety Council, will focus on negative behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other road users in danger. These behaviours are known as the “Big 4 Killers”: impaired driving, seat-belt usage, aggressive driving and distracted driving.
Distracted driving was a factor in 37 per cent of fatal collisions in our region in 2013, and our officers are dedicated to safeguarding our roads by continuing enforcement initiatives. From January 1 to April 22, 2013 we issued 693 Provincial Offence Notices (PONs) for distracted driving, compared to the 1,805 in 2014.
Distracted driving includes using a handheld device, reading a map, grooming yourself, eating or drinking, and tending to children and/or pets. You can avoid distracted driving by planning your route ahead of time, presetting your vehicle climate and music controls and turning off your cellphone.
Driving while using a cellphone or handheld device could result in a $280 fine and three demerit points.
DRP is taking part in various initiatives this week across the Durham Region to educate the public about road safety and the “Big 4 Killers.” Officers will continue these initiatives throughout the long weekend to keep our roads safe.
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