Distracted Drivers

Police on the Hunt for a Driver Balancing Tablet on His Steering Wheel

According to a report by CBC News, the police are on the hunt for a grey SUV speeding and weaving between lanes on Hwy. 401, whose driver was reportedly balancing a tablet on the steering wheel with two hands. OPP West Region Insp. Shawn Johnson told the publication that even stiffer penalties have failed to stop drivers scofflaws...

B.C. Police Testing Long-Range Scopes for Catching Distracted Drivers

As part of an Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) pilot project, the B.C. police department has been handed over two Laser Technology TruSpeed Sxb scopes worth $17,000, with are capable of capturing a high-quality photograph of someone using a cellphone from a range of up to 610 metres, the Times Colonist is reporting. The pilot project is part of...

Regina Police to Ride Public Transit and Catch Distracted Drivers

According to a report by CBC News, in order to detect and bust distracted drivers, traffic safety officers with the Regina Police Service will be riding the transit system. Starting Monday and throughout coming weeks, the police will be on the lookout for all types of distracted driving, particularly for people using cellphones. Distracted driving is Saskatchewan's number one...

Windsor Police Using Unmarked Van to Catch Distracted Drivers

According to a new report from CBC News, Windsor Police have started using an unmarked van to catch distracted drivers. The effort, called Project Dial Tone, is aimed at catching drivers with a smartphone in their hands while on the road. A video posted to Twitter shows the van with tinted windows with an officer...

Distracted Drivers Face Police Crackdown this Valentine’s Day

According to a report by CBC News, Edmonton police officers have been hitting the streets to catch distracted drivers, as part of a week long enforcement campaign across the city. The officers reminded drivers to "practice safe text" this Valentines Day, by handing out cookies to drivers stopped at Whyte Ave. and Gateway Blvd. Feb 12 to Feb 16...

Ottawa Police Have Issued $1M in Distracted Driving Fines

Stiffer penalties for distracted driving introduced last year in Ontario didn’t stop Canadians from picking up their phones while driving, but it certainly benefitted to the City of Ottawa: During this year, Ottawa police have issued more than $1 million in fines, with one officer alone handing out $302,330 worth of citations, reports CBC News....

Quebec Sees Drop in Distracted Driving After Awareness Campaign

For the first time since 2008, the number of drivers using cellphones has dropped in Québec from 67,866 in 2014 to 55,043 in 2015. Sûreté du Québec attributes the drop to the province's safety campaigns and police efforts to crack down on distracted driving (via CBC News). Of course, the penalties for motorists who get...