The goal during the OPP’s latest Thanksgiving long weekend blitz, aptly called Operation Impact, was to see zero distracted driving related charges. Unfortunately, and as many might have expected, this did not occur. In a statement, the OPP notes it ticketed “close to 245 drivers” over a three day period.
The latest statistics released by the OPP regarding the dangers of distracted driving stems from back in September when a ticketing blitz resulted in over 800 charges. This brought the total number of distracted driving charges laid in Ontario in 2016 to over 8,800.
The OPP recently stated distracted driving related deaths are poised to double those of impaired driving. In addition, the OPP laid 5,500 speeding charges, approximately 140 impaired driving charges and over 500 seat belt related tickets.
Recently distracted driving fines for those caught using their handheld device while behind the wheel — such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop, MP3, or DVD player — increased to minimum of $490 in Ontario.