Ottawa Police and Ontario Provincial Police target distracted driving and seat belt offences in traffic enforcement on Woodroffe Avenue
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:55 am
(Ottawa)— Yesterday, the Ottawa Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police officers conducted traffic monitoring on Woodroffe Avenue and Longfields Drive, targeting distracted drivers and persons not wearing seat belts.
Between 10:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., an officer posing as a construction worker watched for drivers talking on hand held phones or texting and seat belt infractions. Details were provided to uniform officers, who pulled drivers over to issue tickets.
In all, 41 Provincial Offence Notices were issued: three for driving a motor vehicle while operating a handheld communication device, 15 for failing to wear a seat belt and 23 for other offences.
“Drivers need to understand that texting and talking on hand held phones is a serious safety hazard,” said Acting Sergeant Rob Cairns of the Ottawa Police Service. “If you don’t have a hands free device, do not keep your phone readily accessible. If you must use it, pull over to the side of the road or into a private lot first.”
The fine for talking on a hand held phone is $155; fail to properly wear seatbelt the fine is $240.
The Ottawa Police will continue conducting traffic enforcement as part of the City of Ottawa initiative Safer Roads Ottawa 2012 (SRO). The SRO initiative for 2012 emphasizes Distracted Driving and Aggressive Driving.
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