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3 March 2011Warning - this news article expired on 2011-04-03. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Distracted Driving

Belleville, Ontario ? Ontario's ban on hand-held devices went into effect on October 26, 2009. On February 1, 2011, Ontario police officers' focus on public safety through enforcement of the distracted driving law marked its' first anniversary. Belleville Police are asking drivers to be mindful of distracted driving habits that may be creeping back as acceptable behaviour.

  • Studies show that a driver using a cell phone is four times more likely to be in a crash than a driver focused on the road.
  • Dialing and texting carry the highest degree of risk of all cell phone-related activities.
  • Teens and young people under 35 are the most frequent users of cell phones while driving.

Belleville Police Service is committed to public and road safety through enforcement and education. Be mindful that enforcement of this legislation may result in a set fine being issued in the amount of $155.00.

In the words of Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation "This law is about keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. We need to prevent needless crashes caused by driver distraction and I believe this law will do just that."