The Timmins Police Service – Traffic Section officers undertook a one day “Distracted Driving” safety initiative today devoting their enforcement attention to the illicit use of hand held communication devices while driving in high traffic areas within the city of Timmins.
This initiative resulted in 9 vehicle stops by Timmins Police Service – Traffic Section officers who doled out 3 verbal warnings for various traffic offences not linked to cell phone usage while 6 other drivers were charged with cell phone usage related offences under the Highway Traffic Act.
These drivers, upon conviction, now face a monetary fine of $490.00 and 3 demerit points on their respective licences.
The Highway Traffic Act, section 78.1(1) is quite clear and strictly prohibits the use of handheld communications devices while operating a motor vehicle.
Penalties and suspensions will be increasing in severity in regards to this type of offence commencing on January 1st, 2019.
Timmins Police Service Traffic Constable Troy Larose, who was part of today’s safety initiative, reminds local motorists of their individual responsibilities by adding “Ultimately, using a cell phone while driving a vehicle is inherently dangerous. This kind of behavior at the wheel leads to preventable collisions resulting in property damage, personal injury, and in some cases, death. Timmins Police Service officers are focused on roadway safety in this community. The applicable laws that enhance driver safety are a framework to safer roadways. Motorists must place the priority on roadway safety over all other concerns while operating a motor vehicle.”