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Distracted Driving Enforcment February Selective Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.)

The Cobourg Police Service is determined to make our community roadways as safe as possible, through enforcement and education.  The Service has been enhancing our traffic patrols from March 2016, focusing on a different topic monthly.

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.) for the month of February, 2018, will focus on Distracted Driving in and around the Town of Cobourg.  Police Officers and Special Constables from the Cobourg Police Service will be conducting the enforcement and looking for drivers who are operating motor vehicles while distracted by communication or entertainment devices.  Related charges for Distracted Driving, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), are:

                        Drive – hand – held communication device;

                        Drive – hand – held entertainment device;

                        Drive – display screen visible to driver; and

                        Careless Driving.

The above fines start at $490.00 and go up to $2000.00, with demerit points from 3 to 6, depending on the HTA charge laid. 

Information and statistics related to Texting and Driving / Distracted Driving can be located at the following website link:

https://www.caa.ca/distracted-driving/

Here are some statistics related to Texting and Driving from the CAA website:

“Drivers engaged in visual-manual interactions with cell phones (e.g., texting) are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash; and

Drivers checking a text for 5 seconds means that at 90 km/h, you’ve travelled the length of a football field blindfolded.”

Here are statistics related to Distracted Driving from the CAA website:

“Drivers conversing on mobile devices, either hands-free or hand-held are up to four times as likely to be involved in a crash;

Driver distraction is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year; and

10% of fatal crashes, 18% of injury crashes, and 16% of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes were distraction-affected crashes.”

Questions may be directed to the Cobourg Police Service, Community Engagement and Response Team Sergeant, Sgt. Mike Richardson by contacting 905-372-6821 ext 2281 or by email: michael.richardson@cobourgpolice.com