Dis­tracted driv­ing ram­pant over long week­end

Packet & Times (Orillia) - - NEWS -

The num­ber of dis­tracted driv­ers tick­eted over the Labour Day long week­end has OPP of­fi­cers shak­ing their heads. Many driv­ers ig­nored the OPP’s pre-week­end warn­ings about the se­ri­ous threat they pose on our roads when us­ing their cell phones, other hand-held de­vices and en­gag­ing in other forms of dis­trac­tion while driv­ing, po­lice stated in a news re­lease. Of­fi­cers laid 444 dis­tracted driv­ing charges through­out the week­end, bring­ing the 2017 year-to-date num­ber of charges close to the 9,000 mark. As well, two fa­tal­i­ties were re­ported on OPP pa­trolled roads through­out the prov­ince, bring­ing the death toll for 2017 up to 208. A to­tal of 92 peo­ple died on OPP-pa­trolled roads be­tween July 1 and Aug. 31, the high­est num­ber of deaths over this two-month sum­mer pe­riod since 2010. As well, 24 boat­ing and 13 off-road ve­hi­cle fa­tal­i­ties have been re­ported by the OPP in 2017.

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