Distracted Driving Campaign Results in High Number of Charges Laid
Region of Peel – In 2009 legislation was passed to make it an offence under the Highway Traffic Act for drivers to talk, text, dial or email using a hand held communication or entertainment device in Ontario. Eight years later, drivers continue to ignore this law.
In August of this year, Peel Regional Police Road Safety Services officers launched and a Distracted Driving Campaign focusing on education through enforcement. The campaign commenced on Wednesday August 2 and ended Wednesday, November 15, 2017. This campaign offered a proactive approach towards the reduction of collisions that are a direct result of distracted driving.
Objectives of the 16 week campaign included:
- Educating the public regarding the dangers of distracted driving.
- Zero tolerance as it pertains to distracted driving.
- Reducing the number of serious collisions due to distracted driving.
- Improving road safety, driving performance and awareness by discouraging drivers from engaging in distracted driving behaviors.
During the campaign, two officers from Road Safety Services conducted dedicated enforcement twice a week.
As a result of this 16 week campaign officers laid a total of 400 charges for driving with a hand held communication device.
Additionally a total of 150 charges were laid for various Highway Traffic Act Offences.
It is important to note that the 550 charges laid are specific to the campaign and do not include charges laid in the daily enforcement done by Peel Regional Police officers.
Peel Regional Police would like to remind everyone of the Road Watch program. The Road Watch program involves local citizens by encouraging them to identify dangerous and aggressive driving. When an incident of dangerous or aggressive driving is observed, the complainant fills out the Citizen Report Form. More information on this program can be found here.