Over 2600 charges laid in OPP distracted driving campaign

OPP supplied photo of children campaigning against distracted driving. Photo: OPP

By Greg Holden

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wrapped up its week-long distracted driving campaign by thanking both regular and social media supporters who helped to spread the message. Sergeant Kerry Schmidt, of the OPP Highway Safety Division, told the CKReview that over 2600 charges of distracted driving were laid during the course of the campaign.

The OPP say the social media highway was equally busy with followers, including children who viewed, shared and chimed in on road safety.

“Public education is an important component of the OPP’s Provincial Traffic Safety Program and the traffic safety campaigns it supports”, said Schmidt.

Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair is encouraged by the support of Ontarians campaigning against distracted driving. “Whether you were a follower who showed support through social media, a driver who set a good example behind the wheel, or a passenger who spoke up to a distracted driver in the vehicle; thank you and please keep working towards making distracted driving a socially unacceptable behaviour on our roads,” said Blair, who is also the Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

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