Dis­tracted mo­torists get wake-up call

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NEWS -

The Tim­mins Po­lice ser­vice – Traf­fic sec­tion of­fi­cers un­der­took a one day “dis­tracted driv­ing” safety ini­tia­tive Wed­nes­day, de­vot­ing their en­force­ment at­ten­tion to the il­licit use of hand-held com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices while driv­ing in high-traf­fic ar­eas within the city of Tim­mins.

This ini­tia­tive re­sulted in nine ve­hi­cle stops by Tim­mins Po­lice ser­vice - Traf­fic sec­tion of­fi­cers who doled out three ver­bal warn­ings for var­i­ous traf­fic of­fences not linked to cell­phone us­age while six other driv­ers were charged with cell­phone us­age re­lated of­fences un­der the high­way Traf­fic act.

Th­ese driv­ers, upon con­vic­tion, now face a mone­tary fine of $490 and 3 de­merit points on their re­spec­tive li­cences.

The high­way Traf­fic act, sec­tion 78.1(1) pro­hibits the use of hand­held com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­vices while op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Penal­ties and sus­pen­sions will be in­creas­ing in sever­ity in re­gards to this type of of­fence com­menc­ing on Jan. 1st, 2019.

“Ul­ti­mately, us­ing a cell­phone while driv­ing a ve­hi­cle is in­her­ently dan­ger­ous,” said Tim­mins Po­lice ser­vice Traf­fic const. Troy larose, who was part of Wed­nes­day’s safety ini­tia­tive.

“This kind of be­hav­ior at the wheel leads to pre­ventable col­li­sions re­sult­ing in prop­erty dam­age, per­sonal in­jury, and in some cases, death.

“Tim­mins Po­lice ser­vice of­fi­cers are fo­cused on road­way safety in this com­mu­nity. The ap­pli­ca­ble laws that en­hance driver safety are a frame­work to safer road­ways. mo­torists must place the pri­or­ity on road­way safety over all other con­cerns while op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.”

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