On July 29, Toronto Police kicked off their six-week distracted driving blitz in the Toronto and York region.
For the next coming weeks, police will be watching for drivers answering their phones, texting and using their handheld devices while behind the wheel. If youre caught holding a handheld device while driving, you could face a $280 fine.
The number of fatal distracted driving crashes in Ontario have remained close since 2012, but police are hoping to curb the problem with this blitz. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, between 2012 and 2013, the number of distracted driving charges given out increased by more than 6 percent.
The six-week blitz was launched by the Canadian Automotive Association of South Central Ontario in partnership with members of the Traffic Safety Coalition.
Studies show that drivers who are distracted are 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident. Despite a handheld ban having gone into effect in 2009, drivers can still be seen using their devices while driving. Earlier this year, the fine for this offence jumped from $155 to $280, another effort to get motorists to stop using their mobile devices while driving.
Have you or someone that you love been the victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver? At the law offices of Greg Monforton & Partners, our car accident lawyers can help you determine if you may be eligible to file a claim for damages.
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