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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

More: How I broke my own rule on distracted driving

Video: Here’s why you should never text and drive

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