L&A OPP blitz on cellphone, seatbelt use while driving results in 27 charges in one day

A driver uses a cellphone while steering with a couple of fingers during a joint OPP driving safety blitz on Friday, Jun. 9, 2023. Photo via L&A County OPP.

Throughout the day on Friday, Jun. 9, 2023, officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) laid 27 charges in Lennox and Addington (L&A) County as part of safe driving blitz.

Specifically targeting the use of cellphones while driving (distracted driving) and improper seatbelt use, officers with the L&A Detachment of the OPP, as well as those with the OPP’s Highway Safety Division ‘Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement’ (TIME) Team patrolled L&A County on the look-out for violations.

According to the L&A OPP, officers laid 25 cellphone use charges, and two charges for failure to ensure a child is properly restrained in a moving vehicle.

Two children lounge in the back seat area of a vehicle unrestrained during an OPP joint safety blitz on Friday, Jun. 9, 2023. Photo via L&A County OPP, as edited by the OPP.

Those drivers who were charged for using a cellphone while driving automatically face a $615 fine and three demerit points, with a three-day licence suspension if convicted. The driver charged with failure to properly restrain a child in a moving vehicle now faces two $240 files and two demerit points.

“While very expensive, this could have much more tragic results had the vehicle been involved in a collision,” the OPP said of the vehicle with improperly restrained children as passengers.

“The OPP would like to remind all drivers that using a handheld communication device while driving is distracted driving and can have tragic results. Drivers are encouraged to use hands-free devices only for the safety of themselves and other road users.”

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