OPP targeting distracted driving over Labour Day Weekend
Published Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:22AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:32AM EDT
Ontario Provincial Police will be looking for distracted drivers over the long weekend with an aim of enforcing new legislation that brings tough new fines.
As of September 1st the new set fine for distracted driving is $490 and three demerit points. Drivers can also be fined up to $1,000 for inattentive driving.
According to the police there have 41 deaths related to distracted driving on OPP patrolled roads, and the number of collisions caused by distracted drivers is up 20 per cent compared to last year.
The OPP say they will be out during the holiday weekend looking for anyone who may be distracted while driving.
Police want drivers to know that four ONroute service centres now offer designated “Text Stops” where travelers can pull off the road to stop and text.
The four locations are in King City, Cambridge North, Woodstock and Port Hope.