The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) across the province cracked down on distracted driving over March Break, pulling over several drivers holding or using handheld electronic devices.
Officers issued a total of 1,508 distracted driving charges – 51 other charges were issued against drivers who were dividing their attention between driving and doing some other activity behind the wheel.
So far in 2019, the OPP has said it has laid more than 2,000 distraction-related charges.
Officers are reminding drivers that distracted driving penalties have increased since the start of this year. The new penalties include a fine increase up to $1,000, three demerit points for traffic offenses as well as a suspended licence for three days.
Under the new laws, new drivers are also facing longer licence suspensions.
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