The Cobourg Police Service will be conducting a Traffic Safety Initiative from 1 October to 31 December 2015 related to Distracted Driving. This safety initiative is also in relation to Bill 31 amendments as of 1 September 2015 which highlights increased penalties for Distracted Driving.
The fine for Distracted Driving is $490 which includes the victim surcharge, this means drivers, if caught using their hand-held device behind the wheel, will face a penalty of $490 and three demerit points. A judge can further increase the amount up to $1000, if the case goes to court.
Distracted Driving is a significant and growing issue on our roads, research shows drivers who use their cell phones or smartphones while driving are four times more likely to be in a collision according to statistics from the Ministry of Transportation.
The Cobourg Police Service is dedicated to providing a service to the citizens of Cobourg through education and enforcement.
The Cobourg Police Service would also like to remind everyone that “Traffic Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility”.