Road & Off Road Safety

Algoma Public Health

Road & Off Road Safety

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Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving


A driver's judgment is comprised when they are not fully focused on the road. Distracted driving is a serious issue and is increasing the number of collisions and fatalities on our roads. In fact, the Ontario Provincial Police estimate that distracted driving will surpass impaired driving as a factor in fatal crashes by 2016. In one year alone, 73 people in Ontario were killed in vehicular collisions involving distracted driving.


Distracted Driving Includes:

  • Talking or texting on a cell phone
  • Reading books, maps or using a GPS
  • Eating and/or drinking
  • Smoking
  • Personal grooming
  • Adjusting the radio/CD
  • Playing extremely loud music
  • Talking to passengers
  • Tending to children in the backseat
  • Driving while fatigued (mentally and/or physically)


Distracted Driving Can Lead To:

  • Fines of $490 to $1,000, three demerit points upon conviction
  • Reduced reaction time
  • Impaired judgement
  • Injury or death


Source: RCMP, OPP

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Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: July 3, 2018