Drivers had better keep their eyes on the roads today – and off their mobile devices – because the O.P.P. has begun a safety blitz to crack down on distracted drivers.
Officers are ramping up their efforts to prevent drivers from texting or eating behind the wheel.
Police say 35 people died and more than 1,000 were injured in collisions last year where the driver was not paying attention.
It is also expensive – if you are caught chatting on a cellphone, the ticket is $155.
Other kinds of distracted driving, such as eating or searching for something in the car, can earn a careless driving charge.
Those fines range from $400 to $2,000 and can also come with a licence suspension and even six months of jail time.
Get used to the extra attention – the police blitz is the first of four campaigns that will target distracted driving over the next 12 months.Report Typo/Error
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