Thursday, May 19, 2011 – 11:00 AM
The Toronto Police Service today joined other police services across Ontario in taking dead aim at all forms of distracted driving, particularly those people who choose to text or talk while driving.
Police will be participating throughout the year in the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) 2011 Drive Safe! The campaign, which promotes road safety in Ontario.
“Distracted driving poses a serious and growing danger to road safety in our community,” said Superintendent Earl Witty of Traffic Services. “Our officers will continue to take dead 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.”
Distracted Driving” refers to all forms of distracted or inattentive driving such as adjusting a vehicle’s entertainment unit (e.g., radio, stereo, iPod, etc.), eating or drinking, using a handheld device, watching a television or computer, searching for something in the car, etc.
Police in Ontario believes that distracted driving is seriously under-reported and is a major cause of collisions across the province.
To download the Drive Safe! booklet, please access the OACP’s website at Click here for http://www.oacp.ca.
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Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Tim Burrows, Traffic Services