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Selective Traffic Enforcement Initiative (STEP) - FebruaryWarning - this news article expired on 2013-02-28. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Selective Traffic Enforcement Initiative (STEP) - February

Belleville, Ontario: Belleville Police Service's ongoing commitment to road safety in our community continues with the theme of Distracted Driving being identified for the month of February.

Distracted driving occurs when a driver's attention is diverted away from driving. Such diversions reduce a driver's awareness, decision making ability, driving performance and increase the risk of driver's error. The operation of a motor vehicle requires your full attention.

Distracted driving encompasses more than talking on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Other forms of distracted driving include watching an entertainment device, eating and having a pet in your lap while operating a vehicle.

Using a cell phone or device capable of texting while driving may result in a fine of $155, watching an entertainment device can result in a fine of $110 and a conviction of careless driving with fines ranging between $400 to $2000, a possible licence suspension of up to two years and or a jail term of not more than six months depending on the circumstances.

If you have any questions please contact Sergeant Tom Sweet at 966-0882, Ext. 2227.