As the Labour Day weekend approaches, we are being reminded by the OPP, that distracted drivers are the cause of twice as many deaths on our roads than impaired driving in 2016.
It’s still common to see some drivers texting or playing with their mobile devices while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The police have consistently warned against the dangers of texting and driving, but it seems as if those words are falling on deaf ears.
They will be out on highways and public roads this Labour Day weekend keeping a watchful eye. The OPP says as of this year August, 38 deaths involved a distracted driver, versus 19 for impaired driving.
Sometimes those involved in this dangerous habit don’t always lose their lives. In many cases, severe long-term physical and psychological damages are the results.
The fines for using a hand-held mobile device in this country aren’t cheap. Ontario has one of the highest penalties for distracted drivers.
The table below is from CAA which details the various fines that can be incurred in Canada depending on which province the offense is committed.
|British Columbia*||$543** first offense
$888*** second offense
|4||June 1, 2016|
|Alberta||$287||3||January 1, 2016|
|Ontario*||$490-$1000||3||September 1, 2015|
|Quebec||$80 – $100||4||April 2015|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||$100 – $400||4||April 2003|
|Prince Edward Island||$500 – $1200||5||Summer 2015|
|Nova Scotia||$233.95 first offense
$578.95 subsequent offences
|New Brunswick||$172.50||3||June 2011|
|Northwest Territories||$322-644 ****||3||May 2016|
|Nunavut||Nothing at this time|
OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair urges passengers to realize the dangers when a driver isn’t paying attention, by using their voice and speaking up on safe driving.