[TPS] – Distracted driving campaign results “Don’t Drive Distracted”

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Distracted driving campaign results “Don’t Drive Distracted”

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 – 3:11 PM
Traffic Services

On Monday, February 13, 2012, the Toronto Police Service launched a one-week enforcement campaign, “Don’t Drive Distracted”.

See the previous release.

Distracted driving poses a serious and growing danger to road safety in our community. The Toronto Police Service continues to take aim at all forms of distracted driving, including the irresponsible behaviour of drivers who engage in texting or making phone calls on their handheld devices.

During the seven-day campaign, which ended on Sunday, February 19, 2012, the Toronto Police Service issued:

1) 129 charges for a display screen visible to the driver (114 for 2011)
2) 1,705 charges for a handheld communication device (2,226 for 2011)
3) 77 charges for handheld entertainment device (102 for 2011)
4) 121 charges were laid for careless driving (122 for 2011)

A total of 9,876 charges were laid in comparison to the 8,758 charges laid in the 2011 campaign.

Distracted driving refers to all forms of distracted or inattentive driving such as adjusting a vehicle’s entertainment or GPS unit, eating and drinking, using a handheld device or viewing a DVD player or computer screen, etc. Drivers must realize that the true danger to public safety lies in the distraction, not the device.

The Toronto Police Service will continue its efforts to minimize the dangerous activity that distracted driving poses to all of the people who use Toronto’s roads, through continued education and enforcement.

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at:
Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group and on Blog.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Constable Hugh Smith, Traffic Services

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