A three-day traffic safety blitz targeting distracted drivers in Durham Region has resulted in more than 50 traffic tickets being issued.
The DRPS Traffic Services Branch, in partnership with the Whitby Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, conducted a region-wide Distracted Driving Campaign. Officers attended every division in the region and utilized a plain clothes officer acting as a spotter. DRPS officers issued 53 offence notices to drivers operating a cellphone.
Statistics have shown that distracted driving has been a contributing factor in 35 percent of the serious-injury and fatal collisions in our region. DRPS and the O.P.P. remind motorists to "Keep your eyes on the road." Do your part to keep our roadways safe. The life you save could be your own.
Recent amendments to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and regulations under the Provincial Offences Act begin next Tuesday. Some of the highlights include:
- A fine range of $300 to $1,000 and a set fine of $400 was established for Distracted Driving infractions, plus a $90 victim surcharge and three demerit points upon conviction
- Novice drivers convicted for Distracted Driving receive a 30-day license suspension
- A new one-metre minimum "buffer zone" is required when passing a cyclist. The set fine is $85 but that increases to $150 in community safety zones. Two demerit points are applied upon conviction
- The threshold for reporting a property damage collision increases from $1000 to $2,000 in combined damage
- An $85 fine is established for bicyclists who do not comply with night-time lighting requirements
- The road shoulders were added to Unsafe Lane Change clauses, with a set fine of $85 ($150 in Community Safety Zones)
- Motorists musty now slow down and move over (if safe to do so) for tow trucks at the side of the road, in addition to emergency service vehicles. That set fine will be $400
For more information contact Sgt. Glenn Courneyea at the Traffic Services Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 3508.
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