OPP are gearing up for the fourth and final ‘Distracted Driving’ campaign

Crime, Feature, Lambton County — By on February 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

The OPP are gearing up for the fourth and final “Distracted Driving” campaign.

Western Region Sergeant Dave Rektor says officers will hear “no excuses, no exceptions…”

Officials say that distracted driving is the diversion of attention from driving, as a result of the driver focusing on a non-driving object, activity, event or person. Accordingly, this diversion reduces awareness, decision-making or performance leading to increased risk of driver error, near-crashes or crashes.

Common examples of distracted driving include:

  • using electronic devices such as GPS systems, CD and DVD players, radios, cell phones, laptops, PDAs and MP3 players;
  • reading maps, directions or other material;
  • grooming (e.g. combing hair, putting on make-up or shaving);
  • eating or drinking;
  • talking with passengers or tending to children or pets.

The province-wide blitz is in effect through Sunday.

Five weeks into the new year, OPP say eight people have died in distraction-related collisions.

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