East Algoma OPP responded to 646 calls for service in February



(EAST ALGOMA, ON) – During the month of February, 2018 the East Algoma Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 646 calls for service and conducted over 908 hours of patrol time. Some of those calls were:

  • 2 Impaired driving related charges
  • 25 Motor Vehicle Collisions (MVC) – only 3 with injuries
  • 0 MCV related fatalities
  • 17 Violent Crime related calls
  • 34 Property Crime related calls
  • 4 Drug related calls

Inattentive driving is still the deadliest behaviour on OPP-patrolled roads for the fifth consecutive year.

Since 2009 (the year Ontario Distracted Driving laws took effect), 692 have been killed on OPP-patrolled roads in collisions that involved an inattentive driver.

“By now, the majority of drivers and passengers have witnessed, had a close call or been involved in a collision with a driver who was texting, talking on their cell phone or engaged in some other form of distraction. Last year, the OPP responded to 8,711 crashes that were linked to driver inattention. These drivers have no regard for your safety, making it as important as ever that you lead by example on the road and be a strong voice in your community and on social media about this deadly  driving behaviour.”
– OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.


If convicted of distracted driving, a fully licenced driver will receive:

-a fine of $400, plus a victim surcharge and court fee, for a total of $490 if settled out of court

-fine of up to $1,000 if you receive a summons or fight your ticket three demerit points applied to your driver’s record

Drivers who endanger others because of any distraction, including hand-held and hands-free devices, may still be charged with Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act or even Dangerous Driving under the Criminal Code of Canada. Both charges carry heavy fines and penalties.






  1. “-fine of up to $1,000 if you receive a summons or fight your ticket three demerit points applied to your driver’s record”

    Sounds to me like the Ontario Party Poopers have a little bit too much discretion here when it comes to such charges.

    Since when are you not allowed to fight a ticket without incurring harsh extra penalties?

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