As part of the “Leave the Phone Alone” distracted driving campaign, the Ottawa Police have come out with some of its own statistics related to distracted driving. Between 2009 and 2013, there were 23,283 collisions that resulted in 6,463 injuries and 18 fatalities in Ottawa. To help combat this issue, the Ottawa Police will be conducting a distracted driving blitz starting today and ending December 19th.
Ottawa Police Sgt. Mark Gatien of the Traffic Escort Section, said, “Police want to remind drivers that texting or talking while driving is both dangerous and illegal. Driving requires one’s full attention at all times, even when stopped at traffic lights. Even an instant of distraction can result in a collision… We can hand out fines, but police want drivers to realize they are putting themselves and everyone else at risk when they use their phones while driving. No text is worth your life or that of others.”
[source] Ottawa Police [/source]