Ontario Provincial Police have launched a traffic safety campaign to remind drivers to put down their phones and pay attention.
Officers will be patrolling the streets of Ontario looking for distracted drivers because of the upcoming March Break.
The aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities resulting from inattentive motorists, OPP Supt. Tony Cristilli said.
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In 2017, the OPP investigated 83 motor vehicle deaths in which driver distraction was a factor.
In comparison, there were 75 road deaths related to speed, 49 road deaths related to lack of seat belt use, and 46 road deaths related to alcohol and drugs.
Since 2009, when provincial distracted driving laws took effect, a total of 692 people have died as a result of distracted driving, he said.
Here are some tips to help keep your focus on the road ahead:
- Use your cell phone for emergency situations only
- Limit your level of distractions in the car while driving
- Avoid eating while driving
- Do your multitasking outside of the car
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