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Police set to blitz distracted drivers, 10,000 tickets handed out so far

Provincial police are on the lookout once again for distracted drivers.

Published September 7, 2011


<p>Provincial police are on the lookout once again for distracted drivers.</p>

<p>OPP will blitz drivers for a week starting Monday, Sept. 12, as their distracted driving campaign, dubbed “Phone in one hand, ticket in the other”, continues across the province.</p>

<p>OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis says hundreds of motorists have close calls every day because they text or use their cellphone while driving.</p>

<p>So far this year, distracted driving has been a factor in almost 5,000 collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.</p>

<p>As of July 31st, officers have handed out nearly 10,000 tickets for distraction, more than double the number issued in 2010. </p>

<p>In 2010, there were more than 7,000 collisions on OPP-patrolled roads due to distracted driving resulting in 35 deaths and over 1,000 injuries.</p>

<p>Using a cellphone could bring a $155 fine while a careless driving conviction ranges from $400 to $2,000.</p>

<p><b>More: </b><a href='' target='_blank'><b>How I broke my own rule on distracted driving</b></a></p>

<p><b>Video: </b><a href='' target='_blank'><b>Here’s why you should never text and drive</b></a></p>

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