driving-933281_1920Distracted Driving and DUI charge

Distracted driving deaths set to double drunk driving: OPP

According to the CCMTA’s #DistractedDriving Subcommittee:
“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. This diversion reduces awareness, decision-making or performance leading to increased risk of driver error, near-crashes or crashes. The diversion of attention is not attributable to a medical condition, alcohol/drug use and/or fatigue.” There are various possible driver distractions, including:

  • using electronic devices such as (global positioning system) GPS systems, CD and DVD players, radios, cell phones, laptops, (personal digital assistant) 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;
  • visual distractions outside your vehicle, such as collisions, police activity, or looking at street signs or billboards.

The OPP noted that “for the first time since Ontario distracted driving laws were introduced in 2009, the OPP is reporting that driver inattention-related road deaths are poised to double the number of impaired-related deaths this year.”

Ontario recently jacked the fine for distracted driving to between $490 and $1,000.

Those convicted also face a hit of three demerit points.

According to the provincial government, distracted driving includes “using your phone to talk, text, check maps or choose a playlist while you’re behind the wheel.” Eating, reading and typing a destination into a GPS device also constitute being distracted while driving.