MISSISSAUGA, AUGUST 24, 2015 - A group of health and safety organizations from across Ontario will join forces at the Canadian National Exhibition this summer to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. The group will be sponsoring a photo and information booth with the theme "Promise to Focus on the Road."
Visitors to the distracted-driving-awareness booth on Princes' Boulevard will be able to have a souvenir photo taken and will be given promotional lighted bracelets and information brochures. Visitors will be able to take part in the interactive display and learn about the dangers of distracted driving. Staff from all of the partner organizations will be on hand to answer questions about both road safety and workplace safety.
To help generate awareness and community engagement, visitors will be asked to continue the conversation by tweeting about distracted driving they have seen, using the hashtag #focusontheroad.
The booth will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for five days - August 26 to August 30, 2015.
The sponsors of the booth are the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA), Public Services Health and Safety Association, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, Workplace Safety North, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Canadian Automobile Association, Toronto Police Services, the Ministry of Labour, and the Ministry of Transportation.
As of September 1 of this year, drivers in Ontario will face higher fines and demerit points for distracted driving. Fines will increase from the current range of $60 to $500 to a range of $300 to $1,000 and three demerit points.
For novice drivers there will be escalating penalties:
- first conviction - 30-day suspension
- second conviction - 90-day suspension
- third conviction - license cancellation (i.e., the driver must return to the beginning of the graduated licensing program)
In view of current collision trends, it is predicted that by 2016 more people will be dying from distracted driving than from drinking and driving. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, 73 people died in collisions related to distracted driving in 2014.*
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* CAA website (http://www.caasco.com/OM/Community-Action/HeadsUpOntario/Home.aspx)