Media advisory, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6 a.m. - 11 a.m., Traffic Services, 9 Hanna Avenue, Distracted Driving Campaign kick-off, "That Text or Call Could End It All"
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 6:59 PM
Traffic Services: 416-808-1900
On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Toronto Police Service Traffic Services, 9 Hanna Avenue, between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., the Toronto Police Service will launch "That Text or Call Could End It All," safety campaign.
This safety campaign will start on Monday, February 20, 2017, and finish on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
This one-week initiative will highlight all dangerous activities associated with drivers who talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held communication and entertainment devices. This campaign will incorporate the use of a hearse and both stealth and fully marked police vehicles.
All police officers will be paying special attention to those drivers who choose to drive while distracted. Distracted driving is any action that a driver engages in that takes their focus away from the safe operation of their vehicle. It includes, but is not limited to, the use of hand-held communication and entertainment devices. Distracted drivers are a safety risk to themselves and other road-users. The Toronto Police Service is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone using the roads in and around our city.
The use of hand-held communication and entertainment devices while driving is known to distract drivers from driving safely. Legislation is in place which has created specific offences for this driving behaviour.
Since 2011 the Toronto Police Service has laid over 109,000 charges for offences related to distracted driving.
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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services