OPP says distracted driving is the number one factor in road deaths

Ian Hardy

March 14, 2016 10:00am

According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), distracted driving continues to be the leading cause of death on the road for the third consecutive year.

In 2015, 69 people died from accidents related to distracted driving. Between 2013 and 2015, the OPP handed out more than 60,000 tickets to drivers who disobeyed the province’s distracted driving laws. According to the OPP, that number surpasses the number of tickets the provincial police outfit gave to drivers who drove while under under influence of alcohol and other substances.

The Government of Ontario banned the use of a mobile device while driving in 2009. Since September 1, 2015, anyone caught using their handheld device while driving will be fined a minimum of $490 and receive three demerit points.

Vince Hawkes, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner, said, “if you are texting, talking on your cell phone or pre-occupied with other activities while behind the wheel, you are not driving safely. It does not suffice to keep your eyes on the road. Driving involves sharing space with drivers, their passengers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians and it is impossible to do so safely unless your eyes and mind are solely focused on driving.”

This week the OPP will be once again targeting distracted drivers on the roads. The police service is taking to social media with the hashtag #IPromise, asking Ontarians to commit to not using their mobile device while driving.

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  • Jim D

    Yet they talk on their walkies and type on their laptops while driving. So according to their stats, they cause more deaths on the road than civilians. Smh cops need to get off their high horse.

  • MoYeung

    I can’t post url link here … but I find Every Year in the province of Ontario, there is close to 2,200 Fatalities in traffic related deaths each year in recent times.

  • JD

    If they just make cars less safe the problem would just take care of itself.

  • HelloCDN

    So are they going to ban hands-free features in cars? As well as talking with passengers, listening to radio and adjusting a/c while driving?
    When are they going to talk about real problem – lack of driving skills?
    Also, the way they catch the offenders is ridiculous. In BC, the cops just hide in bushes in heavy traffic areas and wait till the rush hour. Because, as we know, the highest threat from cell phone use behind the wheel is when you stand in a bumper-to-bumper traffic moving 5 km/h.
    P.S. I am not against the law – I fully support fining the i****s who use their cell phone when actually moving above 20km/h. But cell phones are not a sole problem.