Police in Hamilton, Ontario waged an enforcement campaign against distracted driving over the recent Victoria Day holiday weekend. An article detailing their efforts is available here.
Officers in each Division directed resources toward specific areas of concern—using high-visibility traffic-enforcement measures to reduce accidents, strengthen compliance, and raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.
About Distracted Driving
The National Safety Council (NSC) tells us close to 26% of all vehicle collisions involve cellphone use—and that spending five seconds reading a text at 90 kilometers per hour is equal to driving the length of a football field without looking. The Canadian government estimates healthcare costs and losses in productivity attributed to traffic accidents at $10 billion a year.
Penalties for Distracted Driving
Ontario drivers convicted of distracted driving can lose three demerit points from their licence—and face fines ranging from $300 to $1,000. Drivers on a Graduated Licensing System also face a minimum 30-day suspension for a first offence, while a second offence can result in a 90-day suspension. Subsequent offences can cause a driver to be removed from the Graduated Licensing System and have their driving privileges revoked.
About Enforcement in Hamilton
In Ontario, sources say distracted driving contributes to more accidents than driving under the influence of alcohol. Police officials extend their concerns beyond just cellphone use. The City of Hamilton defines distracted driving as “any activity that distracts the driver from safely operating their vehicle.” These activities include:
- Using Electronics
- Personal Grooming
- Tending to Children
- Tending to Animals
- Talking with Passengers
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