Starve Your Distractions, Feed Your Focus

Posted On Monday April 08, 2019
Distracted Driving

According to recent studies, a driver talking on a mobile phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver focusing on the road, while drivers are eight times more likely to be in a crash or near-collision while texting. It’s estimated that distracted driving is a factor in approximately 4 million vehicle collisions in North America each year. These statistics paint a shocking picture of just how deeply distracted driving affects our community.

April is distracted driving awareness month, and Peel Regional Police are reminding drivers that while you are driving, including when you are stopped in traffic or at a red light, it is illegal to:

  • Use a phone or other hand-held wireless communication device to text or dial.
  • Use a hand-held electronic entertainment device, such as a tablet or portable gaming console.
  • View display screens unrelated to driving, such as watching a video.
  • Program a GPS device, except by voice commands.

You are allowed to use hands-free wireless communication devices with an earpiece, lapel button or Bluetooth. You can view GPS display screens as long as they are built into your vehicle’s dashboard or securely mounted on the dashboard.

Other actions that can divert your attention from the road that are not a part of the Ontario Distracted Driving Law that can result in careless or dangerous driving charges are eating, drinking, grooming, smoking, reading and reaching for objects.

The consequences of Distracted Driving can be devastating to everyone. Please remain focused at all times and remember that road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Stay focused and stay safe – the life you save could be your own.

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