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We Just Are Not Getting The Message!

Posted on by Darren Osborne

The results are in, from last weeks ‘distracted driving’ blitz in Toronto….and, the numbers aren’t promising!

From the Toronto Police:

Distracted driving campaign results
“Don’t Drive Distracted”
Broadcast time: 15:11
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Traffic Services
416−808−1900
On Monday, February 13, 2012, the Toronto Police Service launched a one−week
enforcement campaign, “Don’t Drive Distracted”.
See 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 behavior 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 hand held communication device (2,226 for 2011)
3) 77 charges for hand held 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.

Wow, I am saddened, and angered at the same time, by these numbers….what else can we do, to get it through to people, that being distracted behind the wheel can KILL someone?!!

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