24-year-old Mohammed Alharbi has been charged with careless driving after being caught watching a video while driving on Highway 401 in the Chatham-Kent area.
According to the Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police, a speeding Dodge Challenger was stopped while travelling eastbound on Thursday evening. When the officer approached the vehicle, he realized the driver was looking at a video displayed on a mobile device mounted to the windshield of the vehicle.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) states that physical interaction with mobile devices, including programming a GPS device, is not permitted unless you are calling emergency services. Hands-free devices are permitted, as long as drivers are not adjusting them while driving.
Cellphones and other mobile devices are a common distraction while driving. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, in 2013, the number of distracted driving fatalities surpassed the number of speed related and drunk driving accidents reported.
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