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Distracted Driving Initiative

OPP cruiser
Written by Patti Foley

With the upcoming March break approaching closely, officers from the Caledon detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be commencing a traffic safety initiative starting on Monday, March 14 and concluding on Sunday, March 20.

During this initiative, officers will be paying particular attention to Distracted Driving, which is one of the “Big 4” causal factors of motor vehicle collisions and injuries sustained from collisions. The “Big 4” offences include: Impaired Driving, Speeding, Distracted Driving, and Failing to use Seatbelts.

During the 2015 Distracted Driving traffic safety initiative Caledon OPP laid 451 charges under the Highway Traffic Act and 16 criminal charges for drinking and driving offences.

Drivers who engage in Distracted Driving and other high risk behaviours endanger their lives, and the lives and safety of all motorists. Promoting and ensuring road safety is a top priority for the OPP, and drivers who fail to abide by the law will be the focus of an active OPP presence on Caledon roadways.

Remember, if you are driving put the phone down, it is not just the law; it can also save your life or the life of someone else.

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About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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