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One-day distracted driving initiative nets six distracted drivers

Nine vehicle stops leave six people with $490 tickets and three demerit points each
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The Timmins Police Service – Traffic Section officers undertook a one day “Distracted Driving” safety initiative today 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 cell phone usage while six other drivers were charged with cell phone usage related offences under the Highway Traffic Act.

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

The Highway Traffic Act, section 78.1(1) is quite clear and strictly 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. 1, 2019.

Timmins Police Service Traffic Constable Troy Larose, who was part of today’s safety initiative, reminds local motorists of their individual responsibilities.

“Ultimately, using a cell phone while driving a vehicle is inherently dangerous. This kind of behavior at the wheel leads to preventable collisions resulting in property damage, personal injury, and in some cases, death," says Larose.

"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.”