OPP crack down on distracted driving
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OPP crack down on distracted driving

Last Updated Mar 14, 2016 at 6:17 am EDT

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A province-wide blitz is underway to coincide with March Break as provincial police crack down on distracted driving.

Police say distracted driving remains the leading cause of fatal collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.

Last year, 69 people died in crashes in which driver distraction was a factor, compared to 61 speed-related, 51 seatbelt-related and 45 alcohol or drug-related deaths.

According to the OPP, numerous studies have been conducted on the risks associated with distracted driving, in particular, texting or talking on a cellphone while driving.

Police are also charging motorists distracted by such things such as eating, grooming, and tending to kids in the back seat.

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