Peterborough police will be watching carefully to see if drivers are obeying the distracted-driving laws. Their targeted traffic offence for the month of February is distracted driving which includes use of cell phones, GPS, iPods and MP3 players, smart phones laptops and other entertainment devices while operating a vehicle.
“Across Ontario distracted-driving related deaths have surpassed the number of impaired-related deaths. Far too many people are still making the dangerous and reckless choice to put their own lives and the lives of others at risk by texting and driving,” says Peterborough Police Traffic Sergeant Jeff Chartier.
In Ontario, it’s against the law – even when stopped at a stop light – to:
- Operate hand-held communication and electronic entertainment devices while you’re driving
- View display screens unrelated to your driving
“Put down your device and keep distractions in your vehicle to a minimum,” Chartier says. “Responsible driving requires 100 per cent of your attention 100 per cent of the time.”
The Peterborough Police Service Traffic Management Unit last month launched a new initiative for 2017 where specific offences will be targeted each month. These targeted offences are in addition to current and ongoing traffic initiatives including the Top 10 worst intersections for collisions, heavy vehicle details and vehicle inspection initiatives.
In an emergency, you can use your phone to call 9-1-1, but be sure to pull off the road to a safe area to make the call.