As part of the current business plan one of the goals of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is to increase road safety awareness.
During the month of March officers from Patrol Services and Traffic Services partnered together for a month long traffic enforcement initiative. In addition officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service also worked together on the roads. This monthly strategy created a partnership of enforcement and education.
In March 2015 a total of 109 drivers were issued tickets related to distracted driving; which is up from last year’s campaign in which 85 tickets were issued. The fine for distracted driving is $280 dollars.
Due to the increase in the number of persons charged with using a handheld device, officers from our Service will continue to be on the look for distracted drivers.
The dangers of distracted driving are real and the evidence speaks for itself; drivers who use cell phones are four times more likely to be in a collision than a driver who is focused on the road.
Cell phones and other wireless communication and entertainment devices are a significant visual and cognitive distraction for drivers, with average “eyes off the road” times that increase the risk of collision considerably. At highway speed, a driver sending a simple text message travels the length of a football field without looking at the road.
Don’t let a text message end your life or that of someone else.