Cell phones and driving don't mix and can be costly both in money and points

May 10, 2016

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On May 5th, 2016, at 12:18 p.m., a Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was on general patrol when he charged two separate drivers for using their cell phones while driving on Highway 6 in the Town of Hepworth.

The officer was stopped at the intersection in Hepworth when he observed a Honda Civic turn north on  Highway 6 from Bruce Road 8. The 41-year-old driver from South Bruce Peninsula was observed using a cell phone. She was charged for using a hand-held communication device while driving.

The officer cleared the above traffic stop and was waiting to turn south on Highway6 when he observed a male driver operating a Pontiac Montana, while on his cell phone.

The officer continued towards the intersection, pulling up beside the driver, who continued to text on his cell phone. The officer honked his horn three times but could not get the driverís attention.

The officer then got out of his vehicle and knocked on the window and directed the driver to continue through the intersection and pull to the shoulder of the road.

The 60-year-old driver, from Wiarton, was charged for using a hand-held communication device.

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The Bruce Peninsula OPP wants to remind drivers of the dangers of using your cell phone while driving.

In 2015 collision data showed a seventh consecutive year in which inattentive driving surpasses impaired driving as a causal factor in the fatal collisions it investigates.  Both of these fatality categories are dangerous, preventable driving behaviours that result in the senseless loss of life on Ontario roads every year. Please pull to the side of the road if you need to use your cell phone. 

A cell phone ticket will cost you $490 and 3 demerit points.

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