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OPP lay 30 charges in Distracted Driving blitz


Brant OPP announced they laid 30 charges in a Distracted Driving campaign earlier this month.

A total of 28 charges were issued to persons driving while texting and 2 charges of careless driving related to distracted driving.

Police say studies have conducted on the risks associated with texting or talking on a cell phone while driving confirm it is just as dangerous as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Last year, 69 people died in road crashes in which driver distraction was a factor, compared to 61 speed-related, 51 seat belt-related and 45 alcohol/drug-related deaths.

The OPP is encouraging passengers of all ages to take a zero tolerance approach to distracted driving.  Take charge of your own safety and speak up when you are in vehicle being driven by someone who is not paying attention to the road and is endangering your life.

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