Distracted driving penalties have increased significantly

Distracted driving is a problem that impacts the entire community. In an effort to enforce the rules of the road, Peel Regional Police will be conducting a week-long Distracted Driving blitz from April 12 to April 19.

April has been identified as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and PRP is committed to reducing the number of distracted Driving offences that occur on area roadways. Peel Regional Police Road Safety Services has developed distracted driving initiatives designed to reduce injuries and save lives on our roadways. This week-long blitz will focus on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users at risk.

What counts as distracted driving?

Whether you are driving, stopped in traffic or at a red light, it is illegal to use hand-held communication/entertainment devices and certain display screens.

Distracted driving penalties have increased significantly. Upon a first time conviction, drivers can receive a fine up to $1000, three demerit points and 3-day drivers license suspension.

The objectives of the campaign are: education through enforcement; reducing the number of serious collisions due to distracted driving; and improving road safety, driving performance and awareness by discouraging drivers from engaging in distracted driving behaviors.

Photo: Peel Regional Police will be conducting a week-long distracted driving blitz from April 12 to April 19.

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