Superior East OPP Launch Distracted Driving Campaign for March Break

Ontario Provincial Police will be watching out for distracted drivers as schools are out for March Break.

Superior East OPP say a Distracted Driving campaign will run today (Monday, March 11th) through Sunday, March 17th, warning it's illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, dial, or use other handheld communication or entertainment devices - and a first offence can lead to a fine up to $1000, three demerit points, and a three-day licence suspension.

A second conviction within five years could mean a fine up to $2000, six demerit points, and a seven day licence suspension, while subsequent offences would mean a fine up to $3000, six demerit points, and a 30-day license loss.

Police also note studies show a driver using a cell phone is four times more likely to be in a collision than a driver focused on the road, while dialing and texting carry the highest degree of risk of all cell phone-related activities.