Distracted motorists get wake-up call
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.”